If Asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and left intact, they do not pose a significant risk of releasing Asbestos fibres into the air. However, these materials are hazardous when they deteriorate of if they are disturbed (for example, when they are handled, sanded, drilled into or broken up so that they crumble). Asbestos fibres are very fine and can stay in the air for hours. Breathing in Asbestos fibres may cause serious lung problems, including lung diseases or cancer.
Asbestos is a health hazard. If you are unsure if a material contains Asbestos contact a laboratory to conduct testing. A list of local labs is below:
As a homeowner you can take your own waste Asbestos to the Regional Landfill as long as the load is properly bagged and sealed and weighs less than 1000 kg. Multiple load volumes must not exceed this limit in a 30 day period.
Bags sealed in the following way will be accepted for disposal:
Method 1 Visual Identifiers:
The Church Road Transfer Station and the Regional Landfill offer 6mil Asbestos bags for sale at a cost of $2.00 per bag. It is recommended that a form of heavy duty tape be used to seal the bag. Bags will not be accepted for disposal at the Regional Landfill unless they are the minimum thickness of 12 mil and have been correctly sealed.
No bagging of material will be permitted on-site.
asbestos web site HiddenKiller.ca
www.cmhc.ca On the web site, search for "asbestos".
Web site: www.hc-sc.gc.ca On the web site, look for "asbestos" and "vermiculite" in the A-Z index.
250-248-5254 (Church Road Transfer Station)