Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is a dangerous substance found in many older buildings. It produces tiny fibres which can cause serious lung diseases if inhaled.

You must treat asbestos carefully

Many homes built before 1990 contain asbestos. If you are renovating or demolishing a building, it is essential that you follow asbestos removal guidelines. You may find the following links useful:

About the Asbestos Answers website

Asbestos Answers covers a wide range of important information about Asbestos - from the types of Asbestos you may find in buildings to where you may find it and how it should be dealt with. Remember, incorrect disposal of asbestos materials is illegal.

Asbestos Policy

We adopted our Asbestos Policy in 2018 to maintain safe Council workplaces. Essentially, it protects the health and safety of Council workers, its customers and members of the community. 

Disposing of asbestos

Asbestos can NEVER be disposed of in your kerbside household bins, skip bins, Council Household Clean-up or by roadsides. 

NSW waste facilities that accept household asbestos from the public are listed on the NSW Environment Protection Authority website. 

Always phone the landfill you plan to visit in advance to ensure they accept household asbestos waste.

Free Asbestos Removal Service

Council offers a free Asbestos Removal Service for small quantities of loose, non-friable asbestos from residential properties. This asbestos must be already separated from buildings, and not associated with any recent renovation or repairs.

Please remember that Council will not collect asbestos if:

  • It is more than 10 square metres in quantity.
  • It was recently removed from a structure as part of a renovation.

To book a collection please call Council on 8757 9000.

For quantities of more than 10 square metres, please visit the NSW EPA website for details of licensed facilities that accept household asbestos.  Note that work involving the removal of more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos (and any friable asbestos removal work) must be undertaken by a licensed person for such work in accordance with clause 485 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.   Contracts for this work must also specify the landfill site to which the asbestos is to be disposed.