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Asbestos at home


Do you have a small garage or shed with asbestos cement sheets which needs replacing?

If you do, there is guidance available to help you. This information will help you to remove asbestos cement (AC) sheets, gutters etc and dismantling a small asbestos cement structure e.g. garage or shed.  If you need to carry out large scale works or mechanical demolition, you will need to prepare a suitable risk assessment and not follow this guidance. This guidance is also not appropriate for other types of asbestos e.g. lagging, insulation boards etc, which need to be carried out by a licensed contractor.

Attached are three different sheets -

1. Asbestos cement ( detail on what types of structure you can safely remove),

2. Asbestos drilling (how you can safely drill asbestos cement sheets),

3. Asbestos decontamination (what type of clothing and personal protective equipment you need to wear and how to deal with it afterwards.

Domestic householders can take small quantities of asbestos to some recycling centres e.g. Saltlands in Bridgwater and Highbridge recycling centre. However please phone first to check that their asbestos bank is not full and also to check how much you can take before visiting.  

Since 4 April, all residents are required to pay for asbestos disposal in advance via an on-line payment portal on the SWP website.  The asbestos and plasterboard payment portal is found here:  Somerset Waste Partnership - Asbestos and Plaster Disposal Payments

Please ensure that you double bag wrap the asbestos. A black bin liner or something of a similar nature will be sufficient provided all joints are sealed with tape. Please advise the site when you arrive before removing the items from your vehicle and they will direct you appropriately.

Information regarding Asbestos disposal site is available here:  Somerset Waste Partnership - Asbestos disposal sites

Asbestos home collections information is available here:  Somerset Waste Partnership - Asbestos collections

General hazardous waste disposal information is available here:  Somerset Waste Partnership - Hazardous Waste Disposal

Unlike asbestos, plasterboard and plaster are safe to handle but by law landfill must be avoided where possible, as the gypsum in plasterboard reacts with buried organic material to create toxic hydrogen sulphide and climate changing methane.

Residents do not need to book a recycling site visit to deposit plasterboard or plaster but should pay, go to one of the 11 sites that take plasterboard and show their receipt before unloading.

SWP is encouraging those with excess plasterboard or plaster to save money and materials by recycling them through their supplier, or to sell or give them away.

Asbestos cement guidance [677.79KB] Asbestos drilling guidance [117.62KB] Asbestos decontamination guidance [563.33KB] Somerset Waste Partnership Health and Safety Executive - Asbestos