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.
The WasteMINZ Asbestos Disposal Working Group has developed 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 of the approach in underway and will undergo industry-wide consultation prior to being finalised. The agreed approach will be incorporated into the Waste industry guidelines to manage the collection, receipt, transport and disposal of asbestos waste (2019) once finalised.
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