Hazardous waste

Asbestos

If you live in a council-owned property and are worried about asbestos in your home, contact your housing office for help.

Asbestos in your property

The most likely form of asbestos in your home is bonded asbestos cement. This type of asbestos was used for:

  • corrugated shed roofs
  • rainwater pipes or guttering

Risks to your health are low if asbestos products are in good condition and left undisturbed

Asbestos removal

You can legally remove asbestos from your property but use proper protective equipment and follow safe working practices.

When removing asbestos, you must:

  • thoroughly wet the material before handling
  • not break, grind or saw the material
  • take the material apart in complete sections where possible
  • use a dust mask and disposable overalls
  • double-bag the material in two strong plastic bags

Asbestos disposal

All asbestos must be disposed of at a licensed waste site. The sites listed below are privately operated and will charge for receiving waste. They are not obliged to accept waste taken to them so it is important that you phone in advance.

Licensed site Phone Asbestos accepted
Ahern, Basildon 01268 533 535 Asbestos cement only
Aspect Contracts, Canvey Island 01268 681 177 All asbestos
Colchester Skip Hire, Wormingford 01206 242 345 Asbestos cement only
Lafarge Redland, Roxwell 01245 440 822 Asbestos cement only
Lenval, Stanford-le-Hope 01375 640 344 All asbestos
Onyx, Basildon 01268 523 387 Asbestos cement only

You can find out more about asbestos removal on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Advice for businesses

Businesses should always dispose of asbestos waste correctly and responsibly.

You can find out more about hazardous waste management on the Environment Agency website.