The disposal of asbestos is becoming increasingly difficult after another facility closed its doors to the fibrous health hazard.
Ballina Shire residents have previously been able to dispose of their asbestos waste at the Lismore Waste and Resource Recovery Facility.
As of yesterday, Lismore City Council will no longer accept asbestos waste at the Wyrallah Road waste facility.
Following this announcement, Ballina Shire Council is working with neighbouring councils and North East Waste to develop a regional response to this issue.
In the interim, Ballina Shire residents will need to dispose of asbestos at either the Kyogle, Richmond Valley or Tweed Council waste facilities. Currently, these are the only waste facilities on the north coast that can accept material containing asbestos.
Asbestos takes many forms and is found all over a typical home. Where possible, asbestos material should be removed before renovation work starts.
It is important to contact landfill operators for delivery requirements before arriving with your asbestos-containing material.
Ballina’s Waste Management Centre will continue to provide a free laboratory asbestos testing kit for residential properties within Ballina Shire. The kit includes laboratory testing of up to two samples and courier costs. Customers receive positive asbestos results back within five to seven working days, which means Ballina shire residents can accurately identify asbestos before starting renovations.
For further information, please contact Ballina Shire Council’s Resource Recovery Section on 1300 864 444 or visit ballina.nsw.gov.au.