Testing for household asbestos
Richmond Valley Council is assisting households undertaking renovations by making available a free service to householders to determine whether materials in their home contain asbestos.
Residents can obtain a free sampling kit that allows samples to be sent to a laboratory for assessing whether asbestos is present or not, all at no charge to the resident.
The kits contain sample bags, a dust mask, a pre-paid courier satchel and instructions to guide the householder through the safe sampling of materials in their home and packaging samples up for laboratory analysis.
Once samples are packaged up inside the courier satchel the satchels can be handed over at either the Casino Administration Office or the Fastway Courier depot at Goonellabah.
Kits can be obtained at no charge over the counter at the Council Administration Offices at Casino and Evans Head.
Householders’ asbestos disposal scheme
Richmond Valley Council, in collaboration with NE Waste, has begun a trial Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme (HADS) to help reduce disposal costs for asbestos by up to 30 percent.
Householders disposing of less than 10 square metres are able to take advantage of a Householder Asbestos Kit, which includes a safety gear bag and instructions for how to remove asbestos safely in your home. Kits are $80 each and can be collected from Council’s Casino and Evans Head offices. The landfill requires 24 hours’ notice to prepare for receiving asbestos. Notice can be given by calling 6662-6580 on the day before disposal is required.
Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment. This trial will assess how effective a more affordable and accessible asbestos disposal scheme will be in reducing instances of illegally dumping asbestos waste.
For more information on the HADS go to the newwaste website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 02 6660 0300.