Disposal of soil containing low concentrations of asbestos is principally an occupational health and safety matter. Environmental and health and safety regulations and guidance on the management of contaminated soil, and transport and disposal of contaminated soil to landfill are not integrated. This has created national inconsistency in approaches to the transportation and landfilling of asbestos contaminated soils.

If you are a stakeholder/interested party involved in the management of asbestos contaminated soil, your views and opinions on this issue will be invaluable to assist in framing and developing appropriate and practical guidance on the stewardship, management and disposal of soil containing low concentrations of asbestos.

The WasteMINZ Asbestos Disposal Working Group has drafted a position statement to initiate the development of a consistent risk-based approach to managing the disposal of soils containing low concentrations of asbestos. Development will be via industry-wide consultation and the agreed approach incorporated into the Waste industry guidelines to manage the collection, receipt, transport and disposal of asbestos waste (2019). 

If you are a stakeholder/interested party involved in the management of asbestos contaminated soil, please review the position statement and provide your feedback by completing this survey by no later than Friday, 3 April 2020.

For further information about this position statement or the Asbestos Disposal Working Group, please contact nic@wasteminz.org.nz