An example of an asbestos waste disposal bag with a label (Image courtesy of the Asbestos Industry Association)
Asbestos waste needs to be double wrapped or packaged in thick plastic, sealed with tape, labelled and disposed of at site approved by your local Council as soon as possible. Each council sets its own rules on if and how it receives asbestos waste. Contact your local Council to find out where you can dispose of asbestos waste, any conditions for disposal (eg. time of day, maximum amount at one time) and how much it will cost.
You can also use a licensed waste removal company to collect and remove asbestos waste for you. They can provide different bins and containers, including drums and skips, for asbestos waste. Waste removalists can be found in the Yellow Pages. Search under "asbestos" or "rubbish removal".
If you are taking the asbestos waste to your Council's approved site, place the double wrapped/bagged asbestos waste in a trailer or in the back of a utility or truck. Secure the load to make sure it doesn't bounce or fly out, tear the plastic wrapping/bags or break the asbestos. Follow the Council's directions when you arrive at the site.
If you are transporting 250kg or more of asbestos waste, you require a licence from the Department of Environment and Resource Management. Please phone Permit and Licence Management on 1300 130 372.