How to Properly Package Waste Containing Asbestos for Disposal

Asbestos is very dangerous. Deadly to health. Do not let its innocuous appearance fool you. Rolls and shreds of this stuff were used years ago in homes and other structures in drywall, insulation, cement and more.

Any material containing asbestos cannot be disposed of in our bins.
Dumping asbestos in regular waste is against the law and a danger to public health.

Handling asbestos releases tiny glass-like fibers into the air. When inhaled, these fibers get stuck in the lungs and bunch up, causing respiratory ailments and leading to cancer.

Asbestos disposal in BC involves stringent rules that must be followed. We at Your Bin Disposal will not accept any material that contains asbestos. We gladly present these instructions on how to package and dispose of the material safely and legally.

Identify If You Have Asbestos

If your building was built pre-1980s, you should take no chances and go into your renovation/demolition assuming asbestos may be present. Learn where asbestos may be found:

  • Drywall
  • Floor tiles
  • Insulation
  • Flashing
  • Fireplaces
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Joint compound
  • Pipe cement

Airborne asbestos is the big problem. You and others will inhale it without realizing.

If you suspect you have asbestos, don’t do anything until you know for sure. Take a sample of the fibers you uncover and send them to a certified lab like EMSL for analysis.

Asbestos disposal in Vancouver is a very serious matter. It must NOT be placed in disposal bins because this will put so many people at risk.

Friable and Non-Friable

There are essentially two kinds of asbestos to dispose of.

Non-friable asbestos exists as part of a larger material. Things like floor tile would be considered non-friable as disposal causes more dust than fibers to go airborne.

Friable asbestos is found in substances like blown-in insulation and acoustic ceiling tiles. Once removed and crushed in any way, the particulates become airborne for an extended time.

Residential vs. Commercial

If you take asbestos away yourself from your home, it is residential. If you hire someone to dispose of it, or it’s taken to a Vancouver landfill by someone other than the homeowner, it is considered commercial.

Residential Packaging Rules

Packaging the material must follow the rules for asbestos disposal in Vancouver.

  • Standard Asbestos Waste: Double bag it it in garbage bags that are a minimum of 0.15mm or 6 mil thick. Must be double bagged and labeled clearly as containing asbestos.
  • Vermiculite/Asbestos Insulation: Wet the material to prevent fibers from becoming airborne. Double bag as above and label clearly.
  • Pipe: Seal both ends of a broken pipe to prevent flaking. Smaller pieces must be double bagged and labeled as above.
  • Asbestos-Lined Tanks: Double seal or double wrap the tank.
  • Pre-’90s Sealing Compounds & Drywall Mud: Double bag the drywall as above and label clearly as containing asbestos. Do NOT try to remove the mud or sealing compound.

Then take it to the landfill centre, alert personnel there and follow their instructions.

Business Packaging

Whether from a residence or a business, the same rules mostly apply for asbestos disposal. However, there are some minor differences. For one, a business is not allowed to dispose of drywall. To find out how to do that, read this PDF.

A business disposal is limited to a maximum of 40 cubic yards. All transported loads require a hazardous waste movement manifest.

If a load weighs more than 1,000KG, it needs a CGI Number (call 604-582-5200) and a hazardous materials placard for the transport vehicle. 24-hour advance notice is also required. FAX 604-606-2712 the following information: disposal date, vehicle size, how many loads, if the material is friable or not, and your contact information.

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