WHERE: Porepunkah Transfer Station is currently the only waste facility in Alpine Shire where asbestos waste can be accepted.
TYPES: Only asbestos waste from a domestic source can be accepted.
Although householders are legally entitled to carry out asbestos removal, it is not recommended. According to the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2007 Part 4.3 Division 7 Subdivision 2, an unlicensed person may remove non-friable asbestos material if the area does not exceed 10m2 and the total time over which the removal is performed does not exceed one hour in any 7-day period.
The most common types are sheet roof cladding and wall linings. Asbestos from commercial or industrial sources can be disposed of at Bowser Landfill (contact Rural City of Wangaratta – ph 5722 0888).
REMOVAL: Removal, handling and packaging must be carried out in accordance with the methods detailed in the booklet “Asbestos – A guide for Householders and the General Public, February 2013”. In particular, asbestos waste must be packaged in two layers of 0.2mm thick polythene and labelled ‘CAUTION ASBESTOS’. Asbestos waste that is incorrectly or inadequately packaged will not be accepted.
TRANSPORT: The house owner must transport the asbestos waste – when it is not possible for the house owner to transport the asbestos waste, the person transporting it must present a letter to the site attendant that is signed and dated by the house owner giving the name and car registration details of the person transporting the asbestos on their behalf.
UNLOADING: Asbestos waste must be packed so that it can be safely unloaded by the person(s) transporting it.
BOOKING: A booking must be made with the transfer station attendant beforehand (mobile 0418 396 122). Please be prepared to answer questions relating to packaging, source, type, size, weight and quantity of the asbestos waste.
CHARGES: The disposal charge is $75 per m³ with a minimum fee of $5, and payment is to be made by cheque, cash or EFTPOS at the time of drop-off (except for approved account customers).
FORM: An Asbestos Waste Disposal Form must be completed and handed to the transfer station attendant at the time of drop-off.
Forms are also available at Council’s Waste Management Facilities and Customer Service Centres.
MORE INFORMATION: www.asbestos.vic.gov.au or call the Transfer Station or Council Office. Download 'Asbestos - A guide for householders and the general public' here.
As a general rule – if your house was built:
* Before mid 80’s: It is highly likely to have asbestos-containing products
* Between 1985 – 1990: It is likely to have asbestos-containing products
* Between 1990 – 2000: It is unlikely to have asbestos containing material
* After 2000: It is highly unlikely to have asbestos containing material
Some houses built in the 1990’s and early 2000’s may have still used asbestos cement sheeting until the total ban on any activity containing asbestos products became effective from December 2003
CEMENT SHEETS: Due to the inherent difficulty of distinguishing between asbestos and fibre cement sheet and the risks involved in dealing with asbestos, only material that is clearly from new building work will be accepted as being fibre cement sheet. All other material will be considered as being asbestos and will be treated as such. Waste facility attendants have been instructed to treat material as being asbestos if there is any doubt.