The council does not remove asbestos and asbestos should never be put in your bin for collection.
Your rubbish is handled by staff and any asbestos placed in your bin poses a threat to the health of the staff dealing with your rubbish. Please take all asbestos to the recycling centre.
For more information on what to do with asbestos see Lancashire County Council disposal of asbestos.
Householders can take small amounts of asbestos to the tip but it will only be accepted if wrapped in heavy duty polythene sheets. Asbestos wrapping materials are provided free of charge (in limited quantities) for householders and can be collected from the tip. Smaller pieces of asbestos should be double-bagged and securely sealed. Phone before visiting the tip with your asbestos.
- Henthorn Household Waste Recycling Centre - 01200 429391
Chapel Hill, Longridge does not accept asbestos.
Large amounts such as garages cannot be taken to the tip. A skip is required and it must be dismantled not broken up (Goggles, Masks, Gloves must be worn.)
Types of asbestos
Asbestos was used widely in products such as ceiling and floor tiles, paper and cement products, textured coatings and textiles.
There are three main types of asbestos:
- Chrysolite (white asbestos) - This is the most commonly occurring type of asbestos. It is typically found in vinyl floor tiles, cement used to make roof tiles/sheets, pipe lagging, ceiling tiles and many other applications.
- Amosite (brown asbestos) - was used in some pipe lagging, roof tiles/sheets and as a spray coating on structural steelwork.
- Crocidolite (blue asbestos) - used for pipe insulation and lagging, industrial ovens and steam pipes
Asbestos may be present in a building if it was constructed or refurbished before blue and brown asbestos were banned in 1985. In some cases asbestos containing materials, such as asbestos cement, were used up until 1999. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.
The danger of asbestos
When asbestos is damaged or deteriorates it can release fibres into the air. The shape and size of asbestos fibres enables them to penetrate deep into the lungs, which can result in serious conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. As a general rule, it is always best to leave asbestos alone as it is usually safe unless damaged or disturbed.
Always seek advice before removing suspected asbestos material. The Health and Safety Executive can provide information, alternatively a trained professional will be able to help.
If removing "asbestos containing cement products" (i.e. roof tiles / sheets) follow these rules:
- Plan what you are going to do - ensure the asbestos cement material is handled as little as possible
- Prepare the work area - remove items of furniture / objects which are not necessary, cover the floor and surfaces with disposal polythene sheeting
- Wear protective clothing - disposable overall with hood, disposable paper face mask and rubber or disposable gloves.
- Dampen the area - dampen down the area to reduce the amount of asbestos fibres which get into the air
- Remove the asbestos without breaking it up - double rap and seal with tape. The red bags are available form the Henthorn Waste Centre, Clitheroe
- Inspect the area - Clear up any debris by hand wiping down surfaces with disposable damp cloths. Don't use a vacuum cleaner as this will spread the dust around
- Disposal of protective sheeting / clothing - carefully remove all sheeting and clothing, place in bags and seal with tape and mark on asbestos waste
- Wash Hands and Face
If you decide to transport asbestos cement waste in your vehicle please take the following steps to ensure that asbestos do not contaminate your car:
- Spray sheets of asbestos cement with water
- Double bag the asbestos cement with heavy duty polythene
- Ensure the wrapping is secured with tape
- Make sure vehicle occupants do not have access to asbestos waste
For further information on asbestos see the Health and Safety Executive.