Asbestos dumping trial begins in NSW

Date: Jul 02, 2014

NSW households will be rewarded for properly disposing asbestos material as part of a new scheme starting this month.

The initiative – dubbed the Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme – will allow home renovators to get rid of dangerous asbestos material in a safe and cheap environment.

According to the Australian Council of Trade Unions, more than 500 Australians die each year from asbestosis or Mesothelioma. In an attempt to curb the issues with illegal dumping, the state government is offering a $50 incentive to north-coast residents to dispose of small amounts of wrapped bonded asbestos.

Environment Minister Rob Stokes explained the scheme is part of the government’s plan to reduce illegal dumping and make asbestos disposal safer for the community.

“The limit for an individual under the asbestos trial scheme is five tonnes and is based on the average house in Western Sydney built in the 1950’s having four tonnes of asbestos,” he said.

?”In addition, the NSW NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in these trial areas to assess whether there is change in illegal dumping incidents.”

As of this week, residents in selected council areas can register to dispose their asbestos at certain landfills around Sydney. The councils include Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed.

It is expected by the end of July that Western Sydney councils including Blacktown, Parramatta and Liverpool will begin the trial.

Mr Stokes said the asbestos is dangerous enough without residents disposing it in the local community.

“Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment,” he explained.
“This trial will assess how effective a more affordable and accessible asbestos disposal scheme will be in reducing instances of illegally dumped asbestos waste.”

Some SITA and Veolia landfills are accepting asbestos under the trial as are specific council sites. Residents are urged to seek advice from their local council before attempting to move or extract asbestos material from their home.

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