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Hazardous Waste - Asbestos

Asbestos Awareness

Whether a home is constructed of weatherboard, brick, fibro or has exterior cladding, asbestos can be found in and around most homes built or renovated before 1987. Asbestos can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and under floor covering, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, garages, ceilings, eaves, fences, extensions to homes, and backyard sheds… it could be anywhere. Don’t play renovation roulette!  It’s not worth the risk! provides you with the facts of the dangers of working with asbestos during home renovations and maintenance and educate them about where asbestos might be found in and around the home.

What do I do if I think I may have found asbestos?

The State Government established a website which has the most up to date information -

  • Explains what is Asbestos
  • Where you find Asbestos
  • The health risk associated with Asbestos
  • Asbestos and the law
  • How to identify and remove asbestos
  • Responsibilities of Builders and tradies
  • Fire and water damage of Asbestos
  • Motor vehicle workshops
  • Who to contact

The type of asbestos removalist you engage will depend on the type and quantity of asbestos to be removed which must be carried out by authorised and appropriately licensed contractors under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA). They are qualified to locate, sample and test products that may contain asbestos; and will arrange removal of asbestos (including applying for the required permits and the clearance inspections and certificates) and arrange disposal to a licensed asbestos receiving site. Refer to

The Copper Coast Resource Recovery Centre is not an EPA licensed Asbestos facility and is not allowed to accept any Asbestos products. In the event that Asbestos products are delivered to the Resource Recovery Centre, it will be classified as Illegal Dumping and legal action will be undertaken.