Asbestos is a natural mineral that has been used in building construction for a number of years because of its fire retardant properties. If it is in good condition and is dismantled and disposed of correctly, asbestos shouldn't cause health problems. However, if it is damaged, broken, drilled, cut or sanded, small fibres can be released which can cause long-term health problems.
Disposal of household bonded (hard sheet) asbestos waste is free to householders at the following household waste recycling sites, where there are dedicated, sealed containers:
Only 4 sheets or 6 small bags (roughly 25kg each) of bonded asbestos and plasterboard will be accepted per calendar month, per household. Bonded asbestos must be double wrapped in two layers of plastic. In order to monitor and enforce this monthly limit the staff will record the name, address and vehicle registration of all residents bringing asbestos to the site.
For general information on handling asbestos or finding your nearest licensed asbestos contractor, visit Health and Safety Executive - Asbestos Health and Safety.