Councils unite to launch asbestos removal scheme

Parramatta City Council,in partnership with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and seven Western Sydney Councils, has launched the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS), a 12-month pilot program to raise awareness and offer rebates for asbestos disposal.

 

Participating Councils include Parramatta, Holroyd, Fairfield, Blacktown, The Hills, Liverpool, Hawkesbury and Penrith.

 

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta Councillor Scott Lloyd said he encouraged all Parramatta residents to take advantage of the WSRAD scheme which offers generous rebates to eligible residents to collect and dispose of household asbestos.

 

“It is imperative that we increase people’s knowledge about asbestos, raise awareness that asbestos products can be in any home built or renovated before 1987, where to find it and how to manage it safely,” he said.

 

Residents will be able to dispose of up to five tonnes of asbestos material during the pilot program and take advantage of reduced tipping fees, and additional rebates if using a licensed asbestos contractor.

 

The Environment Protection Authority’s Director of Waste and Resource Recovery, Steve Beaman said the scheme provides homeowners the opportunity to have their legacy asbestos waste removed safely by professionals.

 

“Many homeowners may have loose asbestos sheeting, such as fibro, left in the backyard over many years known as legacy asbestos. Over time these pieces of sheeting can become brittle and may begin to break down,” Mr Beaman said.

 

“It is important for homeowners to dispose of any asbestos correctly and by a professional to reduce any hazards.”

 

Tips for dealing with asbestos:

· Do not disturb asbestos products that are in good condition;

· Never use hand tools, power tools or water blasters on material that may contain asbestos;

· If planning to renovate, always be cautious and check for asbestos;

· Hire a professional to dispose of any asbestos;

 

•Contact your local Council for further information on asbestos.

 

To be eligible for the scheme:

• H o m e o w n e r s must reside or own a home within the Parramatta local government area;

•Asbestos must be bonded in solid sheet or corrugated form;

•Asbestos must be less than 10 square metres in size, equivalent to up to 200kg.

 

For more information about Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme please call 9806 5544 or visit www.parracity.nsw.gov. au and click on Live > My Home > Waste and Recycling > Dealing with Asbestos

 

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