Between the 1950s and mid 1980s asbestos was widely used by the construction industry. Asbestos was gradually phased out of building materials in the late 1980s and the supply and installation of asbestos containing goods has been prohibited in Australia since 31 December 2003.
If you are renovating a home, as a general rule, a house built:
before the mid 1980s - is highly likely to contain asbestos containing products.
between the mid 1980s and 1990 - is likely to contain asbestos containing products.
after 1990 - is unlikely to contain asbestos containing products. However, some houses built in the 1990s and early 2000s may have still used asbestos cement materials until the total ban on any activity involving asbestos products became effective from December 2003.
Pipelines installed prior to 1992, particularly black surface coated and grey surface pipes, may contain asbestos.
So before you start renovations, it's an idea to read up on asbestos so you know what it is, and what precautions you should take with renovations and repairs around your home. Below are some useful links:
Companies where you can drop off your asbestos waste in the local region
Council recommends you contact a licensed asbestos removal company for any asbestos-related work on or around your home.
Visit the Environment Protection Authority website for details on the legal requirements for disposal of asbestos. Please refer to the links in this page for further information on legal and safety requirements with regards to asbestos prior to performing any works on or around your home.
*Companies that can accept asbestos waste in the local region
Affective Services Pty Ltd, 111-117 Montague St, North Wollongong 2500
Contacts: Ph. 4227 6222 Fax. 4229 3633 Email. email@example.com
Charge: Minimum charge $150 (including GST). For all pricing enquiries, please contact Affective Services Pty Ltd.
Receivable hours: 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
P&D Envirotech Pty Ltd, 13 Rivulet Crescent, Albion Park Rail 2527
Contacts: Ph. 4256 8801 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charge: $1.20/kg includes GST. Minimum charge $50 (excluding GST). For all pricing enquiries, please contact P&D Envirotech Pty Ltd
Receivable hours: 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday - by appointment only.
*The listing of companies is maintained by Council free of charge. If a company in the local region has the correct and valid WorkCover and EPA licences to accept asbestos at their site and wishes to be listed they should email their contact and other relevant information to email@example.com
This list and the information provided on this website is for information purposes only and Council does not represent or warrant the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any information or data contained on this website or any linked website. Council exclude liability, including any liability for negligence, for any loss, including indirect or consequential damages, arising from or in relation to your use of this website or any linked websites, or reliance on any information or data contained on those websites. Council does not accept any responsibility for any relationship created between a listed business and you and does not in any way warrant that the listed businesses are suitable for your needs, properly licensed or that their services wll be performed in accordance with your needs or legislative requirements.
It's also important to note, it's illegal to dispose of asbestos in a domestic garbage bin or to dump it.
Just so you know, asbestos isn't accepted at Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park at Kembla Grange, and must be taken to a licensed facility. Asbestos is not included in the Chemical Clean Out collection either.