Most people know a little bit about asbestos; a natural fibre that was used fairly extensively in the construction of buildings up until its use was fully banned in the late 90s.
You’ll also probably be aware that it has been known to have fatal consequences for some of those that were regularly exposed to the fibres in the past. But, did you know it’s still affecting people now? In this article, we explain a little bit more about asbestos and how to safely dispose of it.
How is asbestos affecting people nowadays?
Even in 2021, asbestos can still be found in many older buildings such as garages. As a result it can still be affecting thousands of people every year in the UK.
The ban of asbestos in products didn’t come into effect until 1999, so as you can imagine, many of these products are still around or in use.
Statistics show that in the UK, the individuals most commonly affected by asbestos exposure are those aged over 60 who have worked in occupations such as a construction worker, plumber, electrician, miners and similar.
Why was asbestos such a popular material to use?
It’s strange to think that what we now know to be such a dangerous material was used widely for such a long time. Here are a few reasons why asbestos was so popular pre-2000s:
- It was very cheap to source and export
- Easy to access and purchase
- Fire and heat resistant (hence why it was used in insulation)
- Extremely strong
Where am I likely to come across asbestos?
Whilst asbestos is most commonly found in the structural parts of buildings, in the past, it was also used within other products such as tiles, carpets and mattresses.
Nowadays, you are most likely to find asbestos in your house’s loft insulation. If you are a construction worker or tradesman you may also work on other properties that contain asbestos.
Any instances of asbestos in a building should be reported in the property survey or inspection.
If left untouched, asbestos is not harmful
If you think you may have asbestos in your home, it won’t be harmful to you or your family while it remains untouched. However, if you are having work completed on your property that could disturb any asbestos, it’s important to get it removed safely and legally by an approved professional.
How do I dispose of asbestos?
There are a few different options depending on the amount of asbestos you need to dispose of. It is important to remember that asbestos must not be mixed in with other waste types. It must be stored and transported safely and legally, and disposed of by a licenced professional, such as us at AMS.
Call our specialist team on 01202 579579 to discuss this, and view some of the most common asbestos disposal solutions below.
For smaller amounts of asbestos waste, double-lined asbestos bags can be used. If you choose to bag your asbestos waste, the bag MUST be double-lined.
We offer a range of different size asbestos skips that are suitable for medium-large amounts of asbestos waste. All of our asbestos skips are ‘enclosed’, following best practices to avoid the harmful fibres remaining exposed. We can provide:
- 8 yard enclosed asbestos skips
- 12 yard enclosed asbestos skips
When you hire an asbestos skip from AMS, safe, legal disposal is also included in the cost, alongside all of the relevant paperwork.
For larger amounts of asbestos waste, we can provide you with a 35 yard enclosed asbestos roro.
Man and van collections
Our man and van service is licenced to collect a variety of hazardous waste types, including asbestos. Our man and van operatives are trained in handling such wastes, and will load the van for you with up to 1 tonne of waste. If you would like to discuss this option for asbestos disposal, please call us on 01202 579579.
We take asbestos removal very seriously at AMS…
Asbestos waste cannot be incinerated, recycled or destroyed, so it must be taken to a licensed site, with an attached consignment note such as to our friends at Commercial Recycling. It’s paramount that the correct measures are taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
We always ensure that our prices are competitive and in return you will receive a licensed asbestos collection service, fast delivery and pick up, approachable and knowledgeable team and all the associated paperwork. You can read reviews from our customers on our Facebook page.