House Clearance Aberdeenshire Questions Skip Operators & Asbestos

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Aberdeenshire House Clearance Questions Skip Operators & Asbestos

Although asbestos is covered by the Special Waste Regulations, and should normally be disposed of by specialist operators, it still ends up in skips. House Clearance Aberdeenshire asks so exactly where does the skip operator stand, when a skip hired out to a householder for building waste contains asbestos? Should you ask the customer to remove it, accept it yourself, or call in a specialist contractor? Also if you do move it, would that make you liable for prosecution? House Clearance Aberdeenshire asked the Environment Agency for their help on this issue.

Generally speaking all forms of asbestos are classed as special waste, and subject to a wide range of controls, on storage, transport, transfer and processing. In addition there is no ‘de minimis’ amount of asbestos below which the law does not apply. Even asbestos waste produced by householders is covered under the Special Waste Regulations. However the Agency acknowledges that here in the real world, the most important issue is to prevent asbestos waste being fly-tipped. So they have developed an enforcement position for bonded asbestos, the type most commonly encountered in building waste.

Essentially, 10kgs or less of cement bonded asbestos (NOT fibrous asbestos) can be moved without a consignment note or prenotification provided it goes to a suitably licensed site. Also note that we are presuming that the skip operator concerned is a registered waste carrier. if not then you are breaking the law anyway! To reduce the health threat from the asbestos, it is advisable not to break it up, make sure you keep it damp and ‘tarp’ the skip, especially when moving it. You should also keep it outside, as asbestos poses the greatest risk when it is in an enclosed area. House Clearance Aberdeenshire notes that this 10kg limit does not apply to builders removing small amounts every day to try to avoid legal controls and specialist disposal costs. However, if the amount of asbestos in the skip is greater than 10kg, then the situation is more complicated. The Environment Agency will need to be prenotified to issue a Special Waste consignment note, and remember that your local Agency office will need three days notice to issue such a note, at a cost of £20.

If the rubble has been produced by a contractor working on a building project, then they have to obtain the consignment note. If they don’t, then really the skip operator is advised to either leave it (not very practical if it’s in your skip) or apply for the note themselves and pass on the cost to the customer, not forgetting to ask for the waste producer’s signature. House Clearance Aberdeenshire points out its worth remembering that householders can take their own asbestos waste to their local civic amenity site (best to check with the local council which sites will accept it). Although asbestos waste from householders is classed as special waste, the Environment Agency wouldn’t normally prosecute them for failure to obtain a consignment note, unless it poses a health risk or threat to the environment. However if the householder refuses to take responsibility for their asbestos waste in your skip, then again the skip operator will have to arrange prenotification.

Common uses for asbestos in buildings

Asbestos cement Tiles: corrugated roofing sheets; flat sheets; gutters; eaves soffits; infill panels; partition walls; false walls (especially in bathrooms); battened ceilings (in 1920s/1930s semi-detached houses); water storage tanks; flue pipes from central heating boilers; bath panels; air bricks.

Asbestos insulation board: access panels; boxings around pipes, flues or ventilation ducts; infill panels; thermal insulation; heater cupboards; false ceilings; electric intake cupboards; bin stores. Boiler and fire insulation Any old pipe lagging is suspect
Sprayed asbestos: mainly found on strucural steelwork, or applied to walls and ceilings. Mainly found in laundries, launderettes and boiler Rooms.

Types of asbestos

Chrysotile (white asbestos) More than 95% of asbestos. Typical uses include asbestos-cement building products and fire-resistant insulation boards; floor tiles and sheets.
Crocidolite (blue asbestos) Approximately 3% of asbestos.
Amosite (brown asbestos) Bonds well with plastics and used for floor tiles, fireproof boards in ships and for spraying insulation.

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