Asbestos disposal at recycling centres

Asbestos can give off harmful dust particles and fibres, so it needs to be handled with care. Cement bonded, sheet asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) can be taken to some recycling sites for disposal.

There are seven recycling centres in Somerset which will accept asbestos and asbestos containing materials from your own home:

Please pay for disposal and phone in advance of your visit to make sure they have the space to take your waste, because they have limited hazardous waste storage. There is a disposal limit for asbestos which is 30 sheets of 6ft x 3ft (1.83m x 0.91m) or 30 rubble sacks. For vinyl tiles the limit is also 30 rubble sacks.

When you arrive, let one of the site staff know you have asbestos. They will check your receipt and quantity before directing you to the correct container. Staff at the site can’t help unloading this material. Place the wrapped asbestos (containing safety clothing and cleaning cloths) in the container.

If you are unable to take bonded asbestos or a storage heater to one of the designated recycling sites, you can arrange for an asbestos collection from your home for a fee.

Please use the online payment facility for home collections.

You must prepay for disposal, securely double bag or wrap it in plastic and seal before taking it for disposal. Asbestos collections from your home (paid for service), see our asbestos collection page. You can also download a copy of our Asbestos advice flyer (April 2017)

You can pay to dispose of your asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) here.

Please read the safety advice notes below before paying for your asbestos.

Use gloves, cover exposed skin by wearing disposable overalls and wear suitable respiratory protection.
For advice see the Health and Safety Executive website.

Do not break, drill, scrub or saw the asbestos. You should not break up large sheets. Damp down the working area with water to limit airborne particles, and remaining fibres should be cleared up with a damp cloth, which, along with your safety clothing (known as personal protective clothing/PPE), should be included with the wrapped asbestos for disposal.

All asbestos must be securely wrapped or bagged and must be sealed. We will only accept material that is completely contained. Please double bag or double wrap all asbestos or Asbestos Containing Material (ACMs), or industrial grade heavy duty plastic can be used. There must be no holes, rips or tears in the containment or it will be refused. You can buy heavy duty rubble sacks or plastic sheeting from DIY stores and builders’ merchants.

Site staff are unable to help unloading asbestos under any circumstances because of its hazardous nature.

Since Monday 4 April 2016 you must pay to dispose of asbestos resulting from DIY, construction and similar activities. The only exceptions to the charge are household items like old ironing boards, fire blankets or hot plates. You can pay here.

The charge for the treatment of asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACMs) is £12.20 per sheet or equivalent sack of asbestos or ACM.

A public service provided by Somerset County Council offering guidance and impartial advice. They can provide a range of environmental testing including asbestos surveys. For more information contact them direct on 01823 355906, email sssmailbox@somerset.gov.uk or visit their website https://www.somersetscientificservices.co.uk/asbestos-analysis-and-surveying/

The seven designated recycling centres accept cement bonded/sheet asbestos, storage heaters (which can contain asbestos) and other asbestos containing materials (ACM).

Storage heaters, should not be broken up and also need to be double bagged or wrapped and sealed when taken for disposal. The cost for disposing of storage heaters containing asbestos is £48 per heater.

To check whether your storage heater contains asbestos visit the Asbestos Information Centre (AIC) website or alternatively contact us for advice, or click to view this spreadsheet, courtesy of the AIC website.

If it is confirmed that your storage heater does not contain asbestos, you must still get authorisation from SWP to take the heater to any recycling centre and you must show it to site staff before it can be deposited. No charge will be made if it is confirmed as asbestos or ACM free.

To get an authorisation note, email all details of the storage heater(s) and your contact information (name, address, phone, email) to enquiries@somersetwaste.gov.uk with the email subject line “Authorisation request for asbestos-free storage heaters”.

Please be aware that if you need to dismantle a non-asbestos storage heater which contains bricks, there will be a charge to dispose of the bricks. You can find the price list here.

Any storage heater that cannot be identified as asbestos free by SWP (and further inspection upon arrival at the site), must be treated as hazardous waste for health and safety reasons and paid for before depositing in the hazardous container. A surprising number of everyday items contain asbestos.

This list is not exhaustive but includes:

  • Vinyl (Marley) floor tiles and textured (Aertex) ceiling tiles
  • Insulation materials, such as airing-cupboard doors, fire doors and oven doors
  • Roofing materials, soffits, gutters and drains
  • Iron rests on old-fashioned ironing boards and fire blankets
  • Asbestos insulation boards, fire surrounds and domestic flues
  • Cement products and cold water cisterns

Since Monday 4 April 2016 you must pay to dispose of asbestos resulting from DIY, construction and similar activities. The only exceptions to the charge are household items like old ironing boards, fire blankets or hot plates. You can pay here.

Commercial or trade asbestos cannot be disposed of at any recycling centre. Businesses must make arrangements with a commercial waste management company. If you have commercial asbestos or a large amount for disposal, contact the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association or arrange with a commercial waste management company.

A list of registered carriers can be obtained from the Environment Agency