Removing Hazardous Waste
The combining of different types of hazardous waste, such as asbestos with non hazardous material is illegal.
The act of discarding hazardous waste with non-hazardous material at the same landfill site was prohibited in July, 2004. The Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) came into effect on 16 July 2005, which mandates waste producers to ensure their waste is lawful.
Did You Know?
A large amount of waste asbestos in Ashford is corrugated roofing. According to The Land Registry, more than half (55%) of all industrial & commercial properties in the UK contain a white asbestos cement roof with fibre content between 10-15%
Essex Asbestos Removal
Dedicated Asbestos Specialists
With over 25 years knowledge, we securely and safely remove all kinds of toxic materials for customers in Ashford:
- Corrugated Garage Roofs
- Cement Roofing Shingles
- Guttering, Fascias & Soffits
- Rollboard Insulation
- Suspended Ceiling Tiles
- Floor Tiles
- Artex Textured Ceilings & Walls
- Acoustic & Decorative Ceiling Plasters
- Cement Pipes
- Heating & Ventilation Duct Insulation
Waste Consignment Note
We provide a ‘Waste Consignment Note’ issued on conclusion of work, plus documented copies are retained on file for three years in full conformity with Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005, waste consignment notes must be finalised either by the producer or the carrier with detailed information relating to key data, including:
- Quantity in Kilograms
- Chemical & Biological Components of Waste with Concentrations
- Physical Form
- Hazard Code(s)
- Container Type, Number & Size
- Proper Shipping Name
- Any Special Handling Requirements
What is Asbestos?
Predominantly used as a building material during the last century, asbestos is a fibrous mineral which is now recognised to be exceptionally dangerous to health.
Due to its organic strength, as well as heat resistant characteristics, it understandably made for the perfect building material if it were not so bad for one’s health.
Made of several minerals, asbestos belongs to the serpentine and amphibole groups of rock minerals.
Whilst different types of asbestos have varying degrees of danger, all asbestos is considered dangerous to health.
Anyone subjected to asbestos fibres is at serious risk of developing numerous forms of cancer.
Why Is Asbestos Hazardous?
Asbestos becomes toxic when the fibres are damaged or disturbed, and are set free into the atmosphere.
If those fibres are inhaled, it can lead to a range of diseases, of which most are futile to treat and can become fatal.
- lung cancer
- ovarian cancer
- malignant mesothelioma
- laryngeal cancer
- pleural thickening
Many respected health agencies classify every kind of asbestos as being carcinogenic.
Some of these investigations attempted to designate toxicity levels in asbestos, and concluded that Chrysolite, the serpentine asbestos category, is by far the nastiest in terms of danger to health.
Types of Asbestos
There are six types of asbestos, which come under either the amphibole or serpentine mineral families, which are:
- Chrysotile (White Asbestos)
- Amosite (Brown Asbestos)
- Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)
Chrysolite is the only type to come under the serpentine group, which incidentally is the most toxic.
Its form is commonly formed of curly fibres and sheet crystals.
The remaining five come under the Amphibole group which have different fibres, often described as needle-shaped.
Although not as dangerous as serpentine-based asbestos, they are still viewed as being highly dangerous.
Do you need an asbestos survey? Let us help!
We have the capability to provide a high quality and efficient service, to locate and identify any suspect hazardous materials. Our service is fast and efficient, backed up by extremely competitive rates. So speak to KD Asbestos first!