Householders - asbestos
Asbestos is a natural mineral and has been used in building construction for a number of years due to its fire retardant properties, but is no longer used and new properties are built with asbestos substitutes. Properties more than 15 years old, may contain some materials made from asbestos.
Common locations where asbestos is found include:
- on garage or shed roofs
- on shed and garage wall panels
- on drain pipes
- on insulation board soffit, infill panels and partitions
- on the side of bath panels However, there may be others in your home.
Normally asbestos will not be a problem if it is in good condition. If it is damaged, broken, drilled, cut or sanded small fibres can be released which can give rise to long term health problems. If in doubt leave well alone and seek expert help and advice. A number of licensed asbestos contractors can be found in the phone book.
Asbestos cement sheets can be disposed of at the following Recycling Centres:
Cannock Recycling Centre
Wombourne Recycling Centre
Botterham Lane Cannock
For further information contact
Staffordshire County Council:
Tel: 0300 111 8000 or 01785 277452
Food & Safety Team Telephone: 01902 696000