Safe Asbestos Disposal

Safe disposal of asbestos at Tamala Park

Householders are welcome to dispose of asbestos containing material at Tamala Park, subject to meeting strict disposal conditions and inspection by customer services officers. Asbestos that, in the opinion of the customer service officer, has not been wrapped in such a manner as to prevent the release of asbestos fibres will have disposal refused and be directed to rectify the problem off site.  Minimum asbestos disposal conditions are as follows;
1.       That the asbestos containing material has been wrapped in heavy duty (200 micron) builder’s plastic,
2.       Has been securely wrapped and taped in such a manner as to prevent the release of asbestos fibres both during transport and disposal.  
3.       Is clearly labelled ‘Caution Asbestos’ on the outside of the packaging.
Click here for a printable 'Caution Asbestos' label.

Note: The MRC strongly recommends that all asbestos containing material is double wrapped prior to transport in the interest of providing maximum protection to both the public and our staff during offloading and subsequent handling.
Asbestos is will not be not accepted if wrapped in bin liners. The asbestos must be delivered completely wrapped, securely tied and sealed, and clearly labelled 'CAUTION ASBESTOS'.

Please note that MRC staff are unable to unload your asbestos for you so make sure you have someone with you to help off-load your asbestos.

No tipping of asbestos from vehicles is allowed at Tamala Park.  Also the Red Hill Waste Management Facility does not allow tipping of asbestos.

Where to obtain plastic, bags & tape for wrapping asbestos
The plastic is available from Bunnings and major hardware stores.   

The following items can be purchased from Recycling at Tamala Park:
  • Black plastic sheeting (200 micron)
  • Heavy duty plastic bags
  • Duct tape
Please note:  Asbestos cannot be wrapped on site at Tamala Park, even when plastic, bags and tape are purchased there.  These items must be taken off site to wrap the asbestos.
For further information:
Asbestos - Recommended Safe Work Procedures

These safe work procedures must be followed when removing Asbestos (AC) building products:
  • When AC building products are being removed, signs and barriers must be erected to warn of the danger and to prevent unauthorised people entering.
  • All people in the AC removal area must wear disposable coveralls and either a class P1 or P2 mask or respirator.
  • AC sheets must be sprayed with a PVA (poly vinyl acetate) solution or kept wet with water during removal.
  • Care must be taken on roofs because AC sheets are brittle and slippery when wet.
  • Angle grinders must not be used to remove screws.
  • AC products must be removed with minimal breakage, and lowered to the ground, not dropped.
  • Removed sheets are to be stacked on polythene sheeting (ie black plastic sheeting), then wrapped and sealed into bundles for disposal, or placed directly into disposable bins that have been lined with sheeting, and sealed for disposal.
  • Sheets must not be left lying about the site where they may be further broken or crushed by machinery or site traffic.
  • When removed sheets are being stacked, care must be taken not to skid one sheet over another, as this will result in the release of fibres.
  • AC roof gutters must be cleaned or sealed prior to their removal.
  • Any AC residue visible in the roof space or within the removal area is to be cleaned up, using an approved vacuum cleaner if necessary.
  • All waste containing asbestos is to be kept wet, wrapped in polythene or otherwise sealed and removed from site as soon as practicable.
  • Used disposable coveralls and masks are to be placed in bags for removal with other asbestos waste.
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Free Asbestos Drop-off Every Sunday 
Last Updated: 4 Apr 2019
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