Asbestos is a natural fibrous form of mineral silicate. Until the early 1980s it was used widely for:
If you suspect you have asbestos on your property do not disturb or move it until either it has been positively identified or you have received advice on how to safely deal with it.
You can find a full rundown of the serious hazard asbestos poses by visiting the dedicated Ministry of Health page.
Asbestos can only be identified by laboratory testing. Contact the Public Health Service on (04) 570 9002 if you suspect there is asbestos on your property or to have a sample tested.
Only approved operators can remove and dispose of asbestos. WorkSafe New Zealand publishes a list of certified asbestos removers.
You need to apply a permit to have asbestos buried at the landfill.
We also have a checklist to points to tick off when you are having asbestos removed form a property.
Phone the Solid Waste Team on (04) 237 5089 for more information about disposing of asbestos.
A hazardous substance includes any substance that has one or more of the following properties:
You need to apply for a certificate to dispose of special or potentially hazardous substances at the Spicer Landfill.
The application form describes the types of waste that will be accepted at the landfill.