Asbestos - What is it?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. it was widely used in numerous building materials and vehicle products due to its strength and ability to resist heat and corrosion. Some materials can be presumed to contain asbestos if installed or manufactured before 1981. examples of the materials are:

  • Fencing
  • Roof and wall panels
  • vinyl floor tiles
  • Insulation
  • Plaster, cement, putties and chalk
  • Ceiling tiles and spray on coatings
  • Carpet underlay
  • Industrial pipe wrapping
  • Automobile brake linings and clutch pads
  • Heat resistant tiles and textiles 

The hazard with asbestos

Asbestos fibres are released into the air during activities that disturb asbestos-containing materials. Individual asbestos fibres cannot be seen by the naked eye. The asbestos fibres can then be inhaled without knowing and trapped in the lungs. If swallowed, they can become embedded into the digestive tract as well. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and can cause chronic lung disease as well as lung and other cancers. Symptoms and/or cancer may take many years to develop following exposure.

The hazard of asbestos may occur during manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing vehicle repairs; renovating or demolishing buildings;  clean-ups from those activities; contact with deteriorating asbestos containing materials and during clean-up after natural disasters.

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The Mindarie Regional Council takes asbestos very seriously and encourages the public to do the same.  

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Methods of Asbestos Acceptance at Tamala Park

1. Residential – Non-Sundays

  • Normal fee apply,
  • Customer unloads by hand at Transfer.
2. Residential – Any Sunday
  • Free to Residential customers up to 165kg, 166kg upwards will be charged at the normal asbestos rate.
  • Customer to complete Residential Asbestos Drop-Off Declaration form and present to weighbridge staff on arrival.
  • All loads must be compliant and correctly wrapped.
  • Customer unloads by hand at Transfer.
  • MRC restriction of 165kg applies, when using the free asbestos drop off service.
  • Repeat customers may be charged as commercial at MRC discretion.
3. Commercial Small Loads - Hand Unloadable
  • All ACM must be compliant and correctly wrapped, load able to be safely unloaded by hand.
  • Transfer Station staff will validate currency of Asbestos Removal Licence prior to the disposal of asbestos waste.
  • Customer unloads by hand at Transfer Station.
  • Normal asbestos disposal fees apply.
Free asbestos drop-off are available every Sunday at Tamala. New Conditions Apply as of 7 January 2018.

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Last Updated: 15 Apr 2019
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