Benalla Rural City Council is making Domestic Asbestos Removal Kits available for free to residents, as part of a joint project between WorkSafe, the Municipal Association of Victoria, the EPA Victoria, and the Department of Health.
The kits include the equipment required to remove no more than 10 square metres of solid asbestos, and a voucher for disposing of the asbestos for free at the Benalla Landfill and Resource Recovery Centre. (For friable, crumbly asbestos, a licensed professional should always be used.)
The ill-prepared removal and illegal dumping of asbestos waste from renovations poses a significant public health challenge for communities and local governments.
“Asbestos, especially when illegally dumped or brought uncontained to the Benalla Landfill, can be dangerous for anyone handling it,” said Ms Schilling, General Manager Development and Environment. “If people are going to remove asbestos themselves, the program is intended to help them do it safely and responsibly.”
Only domestic asbestos can be accepted under the scheme, which means asbestos that has been generated from a domestic source such as a home bathroom, shed or roof, and is brought in by the householder.
There is a limit of 500kg for each load of domestic asbestos that can be accepted at the Benalla Landfill. All asbestos taken to the Benalla Landfill must be double wrapped and taped up with asbestos written clearly on the outside. To dispose of asbestos please ring the Benalla Landfill on (03) 5762 4017, 24 hours before you wish to dispose of it.
Its are available at the Customer Service Centre, 1 Bridge Street, Benalla. For further information please contact Molly Odgers, Waste Management Coordinator, on 5760 2600.
For more information on asbestos, visit www.asbestos.vic.gov.au.