Asbestos Information Page

Sources, problems, health impact, using at work, identification and disposal of asbestos

Disposing of asbestos

Asbestos waste, defined as containing more than 0.1% w/w (by weight) asbestos in the waste, is subject to the waste management controls set out in the Special Waste Regulations 1996.

These Regulations require the waste to be consigned to a site which is authorised to accept asbestos waste. This is enforced by the Environment Agency and local authorities. Do not put asbestos waste into the dustbin as this is an offence.

Is there anywhere in Milton Keynes where I can dispose of asbestos waste from my home?

The New Bradwell Household Waste Recycling Centre (off Newport Road, New Bradwell) will accept domestic sheet asbestos waste from Milton Keynes householders - provided it will fit through the slot of the containment bin, but not commercial, construction or demolition waste. Legislation states it must be completely (double) wrapped in plastic for the safety of members of the public and the on site staff.

No other Household Waste Recycling Centre in Milton Keynes is licensed to accept asbestos containing materials. Unfortunately Milton Keynes Council cannot collect asbestos waste due to licensing conditions.

Precautions when handling suspected asbestos material

It is advisable to take the following precautions when handling suspected asbestos material. Keep the material damp to reduce the chance of fibres becoming airborne. Wear a disposable dust mask, coveralls and gloves when handling the material. These can then be double bagged and thrown away after use. Double bag the material in plastic bags or tape polythene sheets round material to prevent the release of fibres into your vehicle and the atmosphere.

Commercial disposal of asbestos waste

Instead of doing it yourself a number of waste disposal companies offer asbestos removal services. Service directories, such as the Yellow Pages and the Thomson Directory, will list such companies under "Asbestos Removal" or "Waste Disposal". Additionally, the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) website provides advice and information on the removal of hazardous waste. It also lists contractors who are United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited for working with asbestos.

Transporting waste

An important point to note is that any company that transports waste on the highway is required to be a registered waste carrier. This process is regulated by the Environment Agency. However, householders transporting their own asbestos waste in their own vehicle are not required to be registered waste carriers.

Last Updated: 25 March 2021