If asbestos is in good condition and is dismantled and disposed of correctly it shouldn't cause any health problems. However, if it is damaged, broken, drilled, cut or sanded small fibres can be released which can cause long-term health problems.
Asbestos is a natural mineral and has been used in building construction for a number of years because of its fire retardant properties. New properties are built with asbestos substitutes.
Dismantling and disposing of asbestos sheds and garages
Follow the advice below for safe dismantling and disposal of asbestos sheds and garages.
- Wear a suitable disposable dust respirator
- Dampen the asbestos and the surrounding working area first
- If possible try to dismantle the structure in one piece by undoing any bolts
- Dampen down any dust created and sweep it with a brush
- Do not use domestic vacuum cleaners
- Do not use power tools
- Wrap the asbestos with polythene sheets and label it clearly
- Double bag any small asbestos pieces and the contaminated items such as face masks and sweeping brushes and label it clearly
Where to dispose of asbestos sheds and garages
You can take domestic asbestos waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, Haverton Hill.
The site opening hours are as follows:
- November 1 - March 31: 8am to 6pm - open seven days
- April 1 - October 31: 8am to 7pm - open seven days
Please remember to double wrap and clearly label asbestos before you take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre. You should also telephone the site beforehand so that they can make necessary operational preparations.
The telephone number of the Household Waste Recycling Centre is: 01642 202307.
For further information and advice about asbestos contact the Environmental Health team.