Hazardous Waste


Asbestos must only be disposed of using a licensed contractor. Do not dispose of it using the kerbside household waste collection service or the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

  • Asbestos is NOT classed as household waste.
  • Household Waste Recycling Centres are licensed to accept household waste only.
  • Asbestos is hazardous with health implications.
  • We do not provide a collection or disposal service for asbestos.

What should I do if I find asbestos in my home or business?

If the asbestos material is in good condition then the best option may be to leave it - disturbance of such materials by non-specialists could cause increased risk.

Take extra care when undertaking DIY or other improvements. Do not attempt work on sprayed asbestos, lagging or insulating boards, as this must be undertaken by a licensed asbestos removal contractor.

Do not drill, cut or disturb asbestos. Do not scrape or sand asbestos materials before painting and decorating, or to remove lichen or moss. Some types of asbestos materials are very soft and can release large numbers of fibres if rubbed or scraped. Always wear a protective face mask if you are doing DIY work

Do not dust, sweep or vacuum anything you think may contain asbestos.

Soak wallpaper before removing it. Use a steam stripper if possible and gently peel away the paper

Don't try to remove old floor tiles or linoleum. Leave them in place and lay new floor coverings over them.

If in doubt seek advice.

Asbestos cement (cement-bonded asbestos)

The following general advice has been provided by the Environment Agency and should be considered when carrying out any work involving asbestos cement:

  • If the item is in good condition, the best option may be to leave it
  • Surfaces may be sealed by painting with an oil-based paint or dilute UPV glue
  • Do not do anything that may break up the surface, e.g. do not scrape or brush off lichen or moss
  • Do not break up the panels. Wet the surfaces thoroughly and dismantle with care

How should I dispose of asbestos?

It is against the law to dispose of any asbestos waste using the kerbside household waste collection service or the Household Waste Recycling Centres. You must make arrangements with a specialist contractor for collection and disposal of any asbestos.

Details of specialist asbestos companies are available from the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

The Yellow Pages also contains details of specialist asbestos companies who can provide quotes for the safe removal and disposal of asbestos.

Information and Guidance:

Environment Agency

Asbestos Removal Contractors Association

Collection and disposal companies:

Amiante Ltd

AsMATT Limited

LeeSafe Ltd


Independent Asbestos Services Ltd

We are unable to recommend or endorse any particular company. Other companies may be available. You should carry out your own enquiries to satisfy yourself of their suitability for the work you require.

If you live in a South Essex Homes Property please visit their website for further information.

Page last updated: 09/04/2019