Asbestos

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Friday 4 July 2014 9.40am
Hello - any advice on best ways to cheaply get rid of asbestos would be much appreciated. Just moved house and my small garden has a whole load of it hidden away. I doubt they'll be pleased if I turned up at the recycle centre off OKR with it....
Friday 4 July 2014 9.53am
I think you'll have to get a specialist asbestos removal company in to deal with it. They dress up in 'space suits' and have a mobile 'spaceship' for decontamination purposes. All very alarming!
Friday 4 July 2014 9.54am
The City of London Corporation collects asbestos from Greater London residents:
http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/household-waste-and-recycling/Pages/Hazardous-Waste.aspx

(but it has to be wrapped before they turn up)

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Friday 4 July 2014 12.11pm
Thanks both, very useful.
Sunday 6 July 2014 9.10am
If you really want to risk bagging a small amount of WHITE astestos type board for collection then use really robust plastc bags of the type you get builder's sand in, wear a mask and gloves and avoid all the contact you can.

If it's a sustantial amount, or it's not white, or it's broken, crumbing or flaking or needs breaking up to fit into a bag then get the professionals in. IT REALLY IS THAT INSIDIOUS AND DANGEROUS.
Sunday 6 July 2014 12.25pm
boroughbloke wrote:
If you really want to risk bagging a small amount of WHITE astestos type board for collection then use really robust plastc bags of the type you get builder's sand in, wear a mask and gloves and avoid all the contact you can.
If it's a sustantial amount, or it's not white, or it's broken, crumbing or flaking or needs breaking up to fit into a bag then get the professionals in. IT REALLY IS THAT INSIDIOUS AND DANGEROUS.

This and double this!

To add, I would wear old clothing, de robe outside and bag up old clothes to be disposed along with the bags of asbestos, shower straight away.

Whoever left that there wants shooting, possibly criminal.
Sunday 6 July 2014 6.33pm
At the risk of repeating myself - specialist job - definitely! Not worth the risk involved... and, yes, criminal to leave it /dump it there in the first place.
Monday 7 July 2014 12.44pm
I usually hate paying someone to do anything I could attempt myself, but in this case I think I'll get someone in.

Thanks for the advice.
Monday 7 July 2014 3.25pm
I had an issue with asbestos on a job I was on, I asked to see the register and building manager was giving me a load of old flannel and stalling me, I refused to carry out any further works until I see the register.
My bosses came down and demanded to see it, when they did they were alarmed at what they saw and cleared me and everyone else off of the job.
I was telling this story to a person that removes it for a living and he wasn't that alarmed at my tale, he told me that it's everywhere.

"you know when your waiting at the tube platform and the train pulls in? Well when they hit the brakes asbestos is flying into the air"

Apparently it's all about parts per million.
Tuesday 8 July 2014 2.20pm
boroughonian wrote:

"you know when your waiting at the tube platform and the train pulls in? Well when they hit the brakes asbestos is flying into the air"


Asbestos was used in vehicle brake pads only until the early 90s, and with few exceptions banned altogether in 1999.

I'd imagine that is also true for trains, and the opinions here seem to agree.

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