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Commercial Waste and Asbestos: Ashford Borough Council

Commercial Waste and Asbestos

We do not provide a collection service for commercial, industrial or agricultural waste. You will need to arrange for a contractor to remove waste from your home or business and you must ensure they are registered with the Environment Agency as a ‘Carrier of Waste’.

If you would like to hire a skip privately, Skipandbin.com is a useful price comparison site. It is a free and totally impartial service, giving 'live' prices from licensed skip companies operating in the local area. Visit www.skipandbin.com * for more information.

*External website, not necessarily endorsed by Ashford Borough Council.

Asbestos

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in Great Britain from the 1950’s through to the mid-1980’s. It was used for a variety of different purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any type of building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.) could contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless the asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when the materials are damaged.

Asbestos fibres are present everywhere in the environment in Great Britain so everyone is constantly exposed to very low levels of fibres. However, a key factor in the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease is the total number of fibres breathed in and therefore there is a possibility that being exposed to asbestos fibres for a short period of time can cause cancer. Working on or near damaged asbestos containing materials or breathing in high levels of asbestos fibres, which may be many hundreds of times that of environmental levels, could increase your chances of getting an asbestos related disease.

When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases which are responsible for around 4000 deaths a year. There are three main diseases caused by asbestos: lung cancer, asbestosis (which is almost always fatal), and mesothelioma (which is always fatal). Remember, these diseases will not affect you immediately but later on in life, so there is a need for you to protect yourself now to prevent you contracting an asbestos related disease in the future. It is also important to remember that people who smoke and are also exposed to asbestos fibres are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer.

For advice on dealing with asbestos and information about disposal call Kent County Council Helpline on 03000 41 73 73

Useful Websites:
Health and Safety Executive website

DirectGov Asbestos Webpage

 

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