Check out the website for information on finding and identifying asbestos, what to do with it, how to remove it and where to put it for residential settings and workplaces.
In addition to the EPA, safe asbestos handling and disposal is also managed by agencies such as SafeWork SA, SA Health, Local Government Association and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Each agency plays an important role in managing the risks of exposure and providing information and advice to South Australians about asbestos.
Information for households
Asbestos was a popular construction material in homes built between 1940 and the mid-1980s. It was extensively used for lining wet areas (bathrooms, toilets and laundry rooms).
Some linoleum manufacturers used asbestos as a filler. It can also be found in old boilers, fires, and lagging around hot water pipes and tanks.
Non-friable asbestos is the most common form of asbestos, it was produced and used until the 1980’s in products such as corrugated or flat sheeting, vinyl floor tiles and water or flue pipes.
Friable asbestos used in pipe-lagging, insulation and asbestos backed floor tiles presents significant health risks if disturbed.
There are companies that will test for asbestos. Check under 'Asbestos removal and/or treatment' in the Yellow Pages.
Home renovators need to be extra careful. If you're thinking of renovating an old property, you should seek advice from councils and other building advisory organisations before commencing any work to determine the potential risk of the materials listed on the property.
Persons removing and transporting asbestos for a fee or reward require licensing under the Environment Protection Act 1993 and may need to obtain permits / consents from other agencies to undertake this activity.
Households removing and transporting asbestos for disposal must comply with their General Environmental Duty not to pollute. Such persons must follow the EPA Guideline Wastes Containing Asbestos – removal, transport and disposal to ensure compliance.
Asbestos transportation and disposal
The EPA is primarily responsible for the regulation of asbestos transport and disposal.
A licensed waste transporter can supply a plastic-lined skip/bin for disposing of asbestos. When the job is complete the plastic needs to be pulled over the top and sealed with duct tape or similar.
Waste transporters can be located under 'Asbestos removal and/or treatment' in the Yellow Pages.
Metropolitan residents can dispose of asbestos at specific metropolitan and country transfer stations or waste depots. It is recommended that you contact your local transfer station or waste depot for advice on disposal requirements.
Asbestos can be taken to landfills but it must be wrapped in manageable-sized packages in thick (200-micron) plastic, and taped at the seams. Large hardware stores or building suppliers should sell this type of plastic.
See the EPA Guideline Wastes Containing Asbestos – removal, transport and disposal or the asbestos website for more information.
Metropolitan residents should contact the following transfer stations or waste depots about any asbestos they wish to dispose of.
|D & V Services||Cheviot Road, Salisbury South||(08) 8283 2700|
|Southern Waste Depot (also accepts friable asbestos)||Main South Road, Maslins Beach||(08) 8386 2212|
|Metro Waste Services Transfer Station||Murray Street, Thebarton||(08) 8443 8827|
|City of Campbelltown Transfer Station||Virginia Road, Newton||1300 362 362|
|Onkaparinga Waste & Recycling||Harrison Road, Woodside||(08) 8389 7561|
|Heathfield Waste Transfer Station||Scott Creek Road, Heathfield||(08) 8339 4323|
|Integrated Waste Services Transfer Station||Cnr Hines and Wingfield Road, Wingfield||(08) 8243 2644|
Country residents should contact the following waste depots.
|Adelaide Hills Recycling||Callington Road, Strathalbyn||(08) 8536 3600|
|Alexandrina Council||Victor Harbor-Goolwa Road, Goolwa||(08) 8555 7000|
|Ceduna, DC of||Ten Chain Road, Ceduna||(08) 8625 3407|
|Coober Pedy, DC of||Oodnadatta Road, Coober Pedy||(08) 86725298|
|Flinders Ranges Council||Kingswood Bore Road, Quorn||(08) 8648 6031|
|Gambier Earthmovers||Telfords Quarry Bay Road, Mount Gambier||(08) 8725 4093|
|Inkerman Cleanaway (not open to public; for commercial loads only)||Primes Road, Inkerman||(08) 8867 1355|
|Kangaroo Island Council||North Coast Road, Kingscote||(08) 8553 4534|
|Loxton−Waikerie, DC of||Mackey Road, Loxton||(08) 8584 7221|
|Mid Murray Council||Gerschwitz Road, Cambrai||(08) 8564 6020|
|Mount Gambier, City of||Eucalypt Drive, Mount Gambier||(08) 8271 2555|
|Naracoorte and Lucindale, DC of||Blackwell Road, Naracoorte||(08) 8760 1100|
|Peterborough, DC of||Yatina Road, Peterborough||(08) 8651 3566|
|Port Augusta, DC of||Western Plains Road, Port Augusta||(08) 8641 9100|
|Port Lincoln, City of||Hassell Road, Port Lincoln||(08) 8682 3033|
|Port Pirie Regional Council||Three Chain Road, Port Pirie||(08) 8633 9777|
|Streaky Bay, DC of||Flinders Highway, Streaky Bay||(08) 8626 1001|
|Whyalla, City of||Iron Knob Road, Whyalla||(08) 8640 3444|
|Yorke Peninsula, DC of||Dump Road, Ramsay||(08) 8832 0000|
Pieces of asbestos material and some fibres remaining in the ash may present a risk if disturbed during the clean up after a fire. Advice is available to handle fire-damaged asbestos.