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Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material, commonly used in buildings built and renovated between 1940 and the mid-1980s.

Asbestos fibres are hazardous to health when inhaled and extra caution must be used during the handling, removal, transport and disposal of asbestos to prevent the fibres being released into the air and inhaled by people living or working in the area.

The removal of more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos must be undertaken by a licensed removalist in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) to ensure appropriate risk management controls are taken to prevent exposure to airborne asbestos and other hazards.

Once asbestos waste products have been safely removed, packaged and labelled, they must be transported to an EPA licensed landfill or waste transfer station.

The Mount Barker waste transfer station does not accept asbestos. Go to www.asbestossafety.gov.au for details on the locations of waste depots that will accept asbestos.

To report illegal dumping on Council land, contact council’s Environmental Health Department on (08) 8391 7200.

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