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How to Dispose of Asbestos

There are a variety of different items that are considered safe for skip disposal; however, this means that there are also a handful of dangerous materials that should never knowingly be placed in a skip. In fact, asbestos is one of the most harmful materials which requires treatment at a specialist facility in order to avoid the client developing respiratory illnesses. Read on as the team here at PWM Skip Hire go over everything there is to know about asbestos and the correct way to dispose of it…

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural mineral that is pulled into a fluffy consistency. It was a very popular choice for insulation inside residential homes during the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately, the fibres are incredibly toxic when they are inhaled because they can become trapped inside the lungs, causing inflammation, scarring and even a rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. As a result, many property owners are starting to have asbestos removed from their home before its presence leads to serious respiratory damage.

What materials are needed for safe asbestos removal?

Due to its harmful fibres, asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 which means that any properties built after this date are almost certainly free from its presence. With this said, homes built before this date should be inspected for any signs of it. After all, the removal of asbestos requires the experts to wear gloves, a dust mask and even goggles throughout because the fibres are so toxic. In addition to this, an asbestos removal team should also avoid breaking down the asbestos into smaller pieces because this creates more of the toxic fibres.

Should an asbestos specialist be contacted?

Although it is possible to remove asbestos as part of a DIY project, it is never recommended. After all, the fibres are incredibly harmful which means that a lack of protection can have very serious consequences. As a result, every homeowner who discovers asbestos inside their home should contact a specialist facility that have experience with the safe handling and removal of the fibres.

Here at PWM Skip Hire, we prioritise safety during our hire contracts which is why dangerous fibres like asbestos should never be placed in a skip. In fact, we even recommend that the client gets in contact with a specialist asbestos facility in order to ensure that the material is disposed of properly as incorrect treatment can lead to polluted water supplies. To find out more information about the materials that are too dangerous for skip disposal, get in contact with the best skip hire Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of PWM Skip Hire team today!