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Asbestos was used widely in the construction industry during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Growing awareness regarding the dangers of asbestos led to it being totally banned in 2003. Renovators and homeowners working with fibro and asbestos must be especially careful, as asbestos particles can be harmful to your health.
Information about its disposal can be found in the NSW Protection of the Environment Waste Regulation 2014. For loads less that 10m2 of bonded asbestos waste can only be disposed of at certain waste sites and must be booked in for disposal at least one day before disposing of the waste.
Visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au for more information on licensed removalists. Concerns regarding asbestos at work sites should be reported to WorkCover NSW as they are the authority for enforcement of the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
To read more, go to the NSW Environment website.
For more information about asbestos, or if you would like to make a complaint in regards to the inappropriate handling of asbestos if the site is a construction or demolition site and contractors are involved, please contact SafeWork NSW on 1800 672 718 or refer to http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au.
For any other matter, or specific questions, contact Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Unit on 9707 9000.