Asbestos on Allotments – SMBC Advice SheetThe type of asbestos that is generally found on allotment sites is in the form of white asbestos cement panels, often corrugated sheets formerly used for garage roofing, and occasionally flat panels. This type of asbestos is considered ‘low risk’ because the asbestos fibres are bonded within the material and is not considered hazardous as long as it remains in place and is undamaged. It is no longer acceptable to bring asbestos onto allotment sites for re-use, and existing asbestos on site should not be moved, damaged, or re-used again. If asbestos has to be moved – because the structure it is part of needs repair, or it is no longer required, then it must be moved to the tip. When disposing of asbestos from an allotment plot / site to the tip, please take the following precautions:
- Do not damage or break the asbestos.
- Wet the asbestos (by spraying with water) prior to moving it.
- Wrap the asbestos in a double layer of polythene and tape up with strong tape
- Wear protective clothing / old clothes and gloves and check that you do not accidentally get any small pieces trapped in clothing (to prevent transfer into your home).
- Ideally you could wear a dust mask – however if the asbestos is properly wetted there shouldn’t be any dust coming off it.
- Take to the tip for disposal. Dispose of in the Asbestos skip (not as general waste).