Are you wondering where to dispose of asbestos waste in Wigan?
Perhaps you have dismantled a shed or garage at home that contains asbestos cement, or you have been doing some home renovations involving removing asbestos.
Some examples of where asbestos cement bonded materials may be used in the home are on garage/shed roofs, on shed/garage wall panels, drain pipes, insulation boards, soffits, insulation panels, partitions and even bath side panels.
Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste and therefore must be disposed of in the correct manner.
It cannot be disposed of along with regular household waste.
Asbestos cement waste must firstly be double wrapped in heavy duty polythene sheets, bags or sacks, sealed securely and clearly labelled with the contents.
You can find more information and guidance on disposing of asbestos waste here on the HSE website.
It is recommended that the asbestos waste be transported in a trailer or even a van if possible so that it can be rinsed out afterwards with water.
You can take the asbestos waste to many different waste recycling centres within the Greater Manchester area that have a weighbridge.
You do not need a license to remove or dispose of any household asbestos cement.
However, any other asbestos containing materials must be removed by a licensed contractor who will have to pay to dispose of the asbestos waste.
Tradesmen or builders cannot take asbestos waste to a recycling centre, as it is against the law and they will be prosecuted for doing so.
Instead, there are many private waste disposal companies that can come and collect the asbestos waste from residential or commercial premises and dispose of it at a licensed site/transfer station.
However, if you’re not a tradesmen/builder and live in the Wigan area, and you need to dispose of your household asbestos cement waste, then you will need need to take it to the following recycling centre:-
Wigan recycling centre is open Monday to Sunday from 8am to 7.45pm in the spring/summer and from 8am to 5.45pm in Autumn/Winter.
However, for asbestos disposal, you must ring beforehand to make an appointment on 01942 825755.
It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. More details can be found here.
Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their building so as not to put employees at risk. Contact our Armco office for asbestos management and refurbishment/ demolition surveys on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting http://www.armco.org.uk/