Fines of up to $7,500 (individual) and $15,000 (company) apply if you do the wrong thing with asbestos waste. Penalties of up to $1,000,000 apply if the matter is heard in court.
If you are removing asbestos as part of works associated with a development approval, Council will generally require that this is done by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. If you are handling or removing asbestos as part of works that do not require development approval Council strongly recommends that you also use a licensed asbestos removal contractor. SafeWork NSW provide a list of licenced asbestos contractors on their website.
As the owner of the waste, you are responsible for ensuring your asbestos waste is disposed of lawfully, even if you pay someone to take it away for you. Make sure your contractor gives you a copy of the disposal receipt.
Special care and management is needed even for small renovation jobs and it is important get advice about how to identify, remove, handle and dispose asbestos and hazardous substances properly. The Department of Health website provides home owners advice on living and working with asbestos including "Asbestos - a guide for householders and the general public".
Asbestos must only be disposed of at a waste facility licenced to receive asbestos waste.The Cessnock Waste Management Centre, located at 1967 Old Maitland Road, Cessnock 2325, will accept asbestos containing material but must be given 24 hours notice.
Asbestos material must be transported to the facility wrapped and taped up in thick tear resistant plastic. If you have over 100 kilograms or 10 square metres of asbestos waste to dispose of, the person transporting the load to the landfill must create a unique consignment number and report it to the EPA using WasteLocate. For more information, see Disposal of asbestos waste.
It is illegal to:
- dispose of asbestos waste in domestic kerbside bins. It is dangerous for Council staff and can contaminate otherwise recyclable waste streams
- reuse, recycle or illegally dump asbestos products or asbestos contaminated waste.