Asbestos could be present in any building that was built or refurbished before the year 2000. It was commonly used in the building industry in the products such as:
- Corrugated sheets for roofing and cladding
- Gutters and downpipes
- Flat sheeting for partitioning, cladding and door facings
- Flue pipes
Asbestos sheeting is a grey, hard, brittle material containing asbestos fibre. Older properties may have lagging that contains asbestos around any original pipework. Asbestos insulation board was commonly used in the 1960s and 1970s and looks like plasterboard, but is thinner and softer. On no account should you disturb lagging or insulation board. Removal of asbestos must always be undertaken by specialist contractors.
Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste and requires a specialist contractor to collect and dispose of it. Before starting any work, you should seek advice as to how the material can be disposed of and how much it will cost.
Fly Tipped Asbestos
Because asbestos is classed as hazardous, if it is fly tipped on private property you will be advised to hire a private contractor who is licensed to remove such waste - please telephone as soon as possible.
If you see any hazardous waste being fly tipped please report this to us as soon as possible. If the asbestos waste is in a water course or in imminent danger of polluting the water course please contact the Environment Agency.