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The importance of following proper asbestos disposal procedures has been highlighted by fly-tipping incidents in Boston and Blackpool.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 contain strict guidelines for the disposal of asbestos containing materials and associated waste (such as PPE and cleaning rags used during asbestos removal) in order to protect the public from exposure to asbestos fibres.

However, some unscrupulous operators have ignored the requirement to safely transport asbestos and use licensed disposal sites, and have instead dumped waste in public places.

Boston Borough Council is facing a clean-up bill of £1,700 after 50 corrugated asbestos sheets were dumped on a bridleway in Old Leake, with some of the rubbish spilling into a dyke.

It has had to hire a specialist contractor to remove and dispose of the waste, which it described as “the biggest asbestos tip the council has ever had to deal with”.
Officials believe the asbestos roof sheets were removed from a commercial building ahead of demolition and has appealed to the public for information about the incident, as it seeks to identify and prosecute the culprits.
In Blackpool, fly-tippers dumped 600kg of asbestos sheets in a residential street. The waste had been sealed in blue bags, which made the clean-up quicker, but local councillors expressed concern about possible health risks.
Councillor Tony Williams told the Blackpool Gazette: “I just can’t believe somebody would do this. This was 600kg of asbestos. When people are removing this stuff they need specialist clothing.
“It’s just been left out in the street. Not only is this illegal it’s also extremely dangerous, especially to young children who might be playing in the area.”
Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, described the dumping of asbestos as “absolutely unacceptable, illegal and a blight on local communities”, and said the council would look to prosecute the culprits if they could identify them.
BLS Asbestos has an Environment Agency licence to transport hazardous waste and only uses licensed disposal sites. This capability to transport and dispose of asbestos in a safe and legal manner is a key part of our asbestos removal service.
For further details of our services or to request a quote, contact BLS Asbestos via the website or by calling 01484 400558.

Published: 25th October 2016