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Asbestos trial cuts cost of disposal

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Councils across the northern rivers have launched a trial this month which will cut asbestos disposal costs for households by up to 60 per cent.

The 12-month trial with councils from the Tweed across to the Richmond Valley involved was launched this month in collaboration with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and North East Waste.

The Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS) will enable northern rivers residents to dispose of up to five tonnes of asbestos waste from their household for a significantly reduced fee.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland, said the scheme, a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy, was a very welcome step to curb illegal dumping of asbestos.

‘Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment,’ Cr Longland said.

‘This scheme will provide considerable financial incentive for residents to properly dispose of what can be a very harmful material. While the incentive provided will differ slightly from council to council, the disposal fee for residents in Tweed Shire will be reduced by $100 per tonne.’

Customers accessing the scheme will need to complete a form outlining details of the removalist and property. NE Waste’s HADS coordinator, Tash Morton, said the scheme was part of the NSW government’s commitment to reduce illegal dumping and enhance waste services across NSW.

She said the NSW EPA was providing $50 in funding for each tonne of correctly wrapped bonded asbestos disposed of by residents at the participating landfills, to help the councils meet the cost of the reduced fees.

The participating landfills in the northern rivers include Stotts Creek Landfill in Tweed, Kyogle Landfill, Wyrallah Road Landfill at Lismore, Grafton Landfill and Nammoona Landfill in Casino.

‘Residents in the northern rivers seeking to access the asbestos trial scheme can dispose of up to five tonnes, once only and will be required to provide proof of their address and a number of other details relating to the asbestos removal,’ Ms Morton said.

For more information on the HADS, go to www.newaste.com.au or contact your local council.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Well done NSW Govt for assisting residents to dispose of this harmful substance safely, but I do hope there will be an education campaign to alert residents of the dangers of handling asbestos materials.
    It appears that Householder Disposal Kits with protective goggles and masks etc are available from the councils involved in the trials.
    Please use them and don’t put yourself in danger!

  2. Interesting, & justifiable for the cleanup of Asbestos, a material that should be removed carefully.
    There is another contaminant that applies to virtually all houses built before about 1970: soil contaminated by lead. At present this soil costs $225/tonne to dispose. It would be good if the soil could be disposed at a more reasonable rate. (It might even be worth stockpiling to actually treat at a later date, instead of merely including it in the disposed waste. (Lead contamination due to lead paint usually affects soil around the house where paint was removed & let settle on the ground.)
    Can Lead be included in the trial?

    regards Doug

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