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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fibre that was used extensively in the building and construction industry up to the early 1980s. Asbestos fibre dust is hazardous when inhaled.

Council is not licensed to receive or remove asbestos waste and as such asbestos products will not be collected as part of Council's hard rubbish collection.


Sources of asbestos

Asbestos was used widely in industrial, commercial and domestic applications.

Its common uses were:

The most common domestic form is the Asbestos cement sheetings (includes fencing panels). These products generally have an asbestos content of less than 10 percent. Asbestos fibre is sealed in the cement and poses no significant hazard once the sheets or fencing panels are fixed in place.

Activities such as sawing, grinding or sanding asbestos products should be avoided as the asbestos dust created poses a health risk.


Requirements for removing asbestos
Commercial removal

Contractors removing more than 0.5 square metres of friable asbestos (e.g. pipe lagging, insulation, and asbestos-backed vinyl tiles) require:

Contractors removing more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos (e.g. cement sheeting, vinyl floor tiles, water or flue pipes, or other asbestos-bonded products produced before 1980) require a relevant licence issued by SafeWork SA.


House holders can choose to engage the services of an asbestos removalist (refer to Yellow Pages), or remove and transport non-friable asbestos from their property themselves.

When a license is not required, the removal must be carried out in accordance with the Work, Health and Safety Regulations 2012, the Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos and Section 25 (General Environmental Duty) of the Environment Protection Act.

When removing asbestos sheets precautions should be taken:


Disposing of asbestos

Dispose of all non-friable asbestos waste promptly. For safety always:

A list of non-fiable asbestos disposal sites can be found on the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website.

The waste depot should be contacted before transferring the waste to arrange a time for it to be received.


Further advice on asbestos

For further advice on asbestos, phone SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255 or visit the following websites:



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