It’s business as usual at Byron Bay police station, despite an asbestos removal program being underway that could last as long as a month.
Tweed/Byron LAC duty officer, Inspector Greg Jago, said the removal was a routine affair and police could be rotated around within the station so as not to come into contact with the hazardous material as it is being removed.
Ins. Jago told Echonetdaily ‘the removal of asbestos containing materials is being done in compliance with the legislative requirements’.
He described the materials as ‘wall and ceiling sheeting… in good condition’ and said ‘the only reason for its removal is that it is government policy’.
‘The removal process is being staged and everyone is working around [it]. We don’t anticipate any problems with fibres coming loose.
He said the LAC was allowing three to four weeks to get the job done ‘but that could be extended depending on progress they make’.
Not accepted at tip
Meanwhile, Byron Shire Council has announced it will cease accepting asbestos waste from next Monday.
Byron Shire Council’s manager of waste and recycling, Warren Burgess, said the change was due to the imminent closure of site to landfill.
‘Council is anticipating that the Myocum Tip will be reaching capacity in the near future. The transfer station is currently being upgraded and council will soon commence transportation of waste to another site for disposal.
‘As soon as this commences, landfill remediation works will be undertaken. These works will focus on odour control, stormwater runoff and leachate management.
‘The regular domestic waste collection service will not be affected when the transfer station is in operation.
‘In the meantime, people wanting to dispose of asbestos and contaminated soil will need to make other arrangements with nearby landfill facilities such as Lismore.’
Mr Burgess urged people wanting to dispose of such waste to phone the landfill facility prior to arriving.
‘Each landfill facility has differing operational abilities on what waste it can and can’t take,’ he said.
Byron Shire Council is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Preliminary Landfill Environmental Plan (LEMP) for a proposed new landfill in the adjacent quarry.