The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 impose requirements on persons conducting a business or undertaking and others in relation to the carrying out of work involving asbestos.  However, the Approved Code of Practice:  Management and Removal of Asbestos (2016) does not cover the collection of asbestos waste, receipt at transfer stations or disposal to landfill.

In mid-2017 WasteMINZ formed a working group to guide the development of some guidelines to address these gaps.  The working group included representatives from waste management companies, and district and city councils.

The Waste industry guidelines to manage the collection, receipt, transport and disposal of asbestos waste were finalised, following an extensive consultation process, and published in January 2019.

The guidelines address:

  • Collection of pre-wrapped asbestos waste from a customer’s site;
  • Receipt of pre-wrapped asbestos waste at a transfer station;
  • Discovery of unexpected asbestos waste at a transfer station;
  • Disposal of pre-wrapped asbestos waste to landfill.

The working group will develop an additional section addressing disposal of low concentration asbestos-contaminated soil at a landfill later in 2019.

It should be noted that these guidelines do not address activities associated with the removal of asbestos by licensed removalist specialists.

Please contact Tess Brothersen at WasteMINZ if you have any feedback on the guidelines.