Following the discovery of asbestos at the Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) and the clean up involved, changes have been made.
Concrete, ceramics and building waste is no longer accepted at the RRC as a recyclable product.
It is still accepted but now immediately classified and charged as ‘Inert’ waste.
“Consequently such products are no longer recycled on site and are subsequently transported as land fill,” a council spokesman said.
“In addition, council takes a greater precautionary approach when treating any fibrous sheeting delivered or any materials that could potentially contain asbestos- ie. compressed fibro sheeting, etc.”
As a result of these changes, unless it can be proven that any material which could potentially contain asbestos does not, it will be treated and handled as if it did contain asbestos.