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Asbestos and plasterboard disposal

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Asbestos disposal at household recycling centres

Due to the hazardous nature of cement bonded asbestos it can only be accepted at a facility with a special licence issued by the Environment Agency. Three of Wiltshire's household recycling centres can accept cement bonded asbestos - by appointment only.

Purton HRC Site Salisbury HRC Site Warminster HRC Site

Mopes Lane
Purton, Nr Swindon
Wiltshire
SN5 9HG

Tel: 01793 778205

Churchfields Ind Est
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP2 7NP

Tel: 01722 415040

Furnax Lane
Warminster
Wiltshire
BA12 8PE

Tel: 01985 211531

Disposal of cement bonded asbestos is by appointment only, please telephone the appropriate number above to arrange an arrival time. You will need to bring a proof of address with you e.g. recent utility bill and photo I.D.

In order to take your cement bonded asbestos to the household recycling centres

  • You must be a resident of Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) and have proof of residency.
  • The cement bonded asbestos must be from your property e.g. a shed roof, drainpipes, water tank. Waste from a business or removed by a builder is not accepted.
  • Have less than 12 sheets of cement bonded asbestos no bigger than 1.5m x 2.5m
  • Provide your own protective equipment when disposing of the bonded asbestos on the site – disposable gloves, disposable mask (type FFP3 recommended by the HSE),and disposable overalls (type 5 recommended by the HSE). Without these you will not be permitted to dispose of the bonded asbestos. The gloves, mask and overalls must also be put in the asbestos skip on site the bonded asbestos has been put in the skip.

If you answer ‘NO’ to any of the above you cannot use Wiltshire’s household recycling centres to dispose of your asbestos waste. Please refer to the contact information on the left.

If it is any other type of asbestos you must contact a specialist contractor for disposal.

Once you have made your appointment you must

  • Dampen down all asbestos sheets (this suppresses any asbestos dust)
  • Make sure all your pieces are not bigger than 1.5m x 2.5m. Do not break the bonded asbestos to fit these dimensions.
  • Wrap all asbestos in plastic before taking them to site
  • Bring along help as staff are not able to assist
  • Supply your own personal protective equipment. Disposable gloves, disposable mask (type FFP3 recommended by the HSE) and disposable overals (type 5 recommended by the HSE) Without these you will not be permitted to dispose of the bonded asbestos. The gloves, mask and overalls must also be put in the asbestos skip on site after the bonded asbestos has been put in the skip.
  • Bring proof of address e.g. recent utility bill and photo ID (passport or drivers licence).

Plasterboard recycling

Plasterboard and other gypsum based products are perfectly safe to handle but have been found to produce toxic gases when they are buried with biodegradable waste such as food. As a result this material now needs to be collected and disposed of separately.

Plasterboard can be taken to any household recycling centres for recycling. You do not need to make an appointment.

Once collected in dedicated skips the plasterboard is sent to Mid UK Recycling Ltd based in West Lincolnshire for reprocessing.

Last updated: 22 May 2012

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