Planning a home renovation?

coupleRenoDid you know that up until 1990, more than 3,000 products containing asbestos and other hazardous materials were used in house construction?

Regardless of when your home was constructed, materials listed below under Common materials found to contain asbestos will require a pre-approval permit prior to arrival at Hartland Landfill. For homes constructed prior to 1990, a Hazardous Materials Assessment or representative negative asbestos testing results must also be provided. Refer to the WorkSafeBC Bulk Material Sample Collection Guide for the number of samples required.

Materials listed below under Material exemptions do not require pre-approval.

Notice About Drywall

Drywall free of asbestos (clean drywall) is not accepted at Hartland for disposal or recycling. A list of locations accepting clean drywall for recycling can be found on Clean drywall consists of new off cuts, drywall pieces with no mud present, or drywall with mud that is tested and verified to be free of asbestos (or verified to be post-1990 via a date stamp).

If drywall mud is tested and asbestos is found, then an appointment for asbestos waste disposal (asbestos-containing drywall) at Hartland can be made. Read more >>

Common materials that contain asbestos (require pre-approval)

The following materials are suspect to contain asbestos and require pre-approval for garbage disposal at Hartland Landfill.

  • Drywall with joint compound/mud
  • Stucco
  • Plaster and textured surface coats
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Paper-backed vinyl/linoleum/sheet flooring
  • Mastics (applied adhesives)
  • Grout, mortar, levelling compound
  • Paper-backed fiberglass/rock wool insulation
  • Vermiculite, blown-in/loose insulation
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Ducting insulation, duct wrap, ductwork
  • Octagonal/hexagonal multi-layered roofing shingles, roofing felt
  • Deck under-sheeting
  • Furnace or boiler materials
  • Artificial fireplaces and kilns
  • Cement board, transite board, fibreboard
  • Fire-proof board

A full list of materials that may potentially contain asbestos is available on the WorkSafeBC website.

Material exemptions (pre-approval not required)

The following materials are exempt from the pre-approval process:

  • Unfinished wood waste* (eg. lumber off cuts, plywood, pallets/skids, crating, wood fencing)
  • Finished wood waste* (eg. painted or stained wood, decks, fences, cabinetry and countertops) 
  • New/uninstalled construction materials (eg. ceramic tiles, insulation, sheet flooring and cement board from new construction)
  • Carpet, carpet underlay and tack strips
  • Fiberglass or rock wool insulation with no paper backing
  • Foam board/rigid insulation with no adhesives or mastics
  • Rectangular asphalt shingles or cedar shingles**
  • James Hardie brand cement board (must have visible label)
  • Laminate flooring with no adhesives/mastics

*If you have wood subflooring, or wood studs removed from underneath drywall, plaster or stucco, then a pre-approval application must be submitted prior to disposal. 

**Asphalt shingles are only exempt from pre-approval if they are rectangular in shape, and composed of single layer of roofing. If you have multi-layer roofing, or octagonal/hexagonal shaped shingles, a pre-approval application must be submitted prior to disposal.

Post 1990 building materials

Building materials installed after 1990 that are being removed as part of a renovation do not require testing if the date of this material can be confirmed. Include this information in your application.

How to get pre-approval

To get pre-approval for disposal at Hartland Landfill:

Once you have received a pre-approval number you can take your waste to Hartland during normal operating hours. Be sure to cover and secure your load to avoid a double charge.

Hiring qualified HazMat professionals

Plan ahead to protect yourself - Homeowners and contractors need to take precautions when disturbing or handling asbestos containing materials (ACM). To protect you and your family, hire a qualified professional to identify asbestos and other hazardous materials before you renovate. Hazardous materials are identified through a Hazardous Materials Survey (HazMat Survey). Here is a list of local companies that can assist with surveys, testing and safe removal.

Sort your waste materials

Before you load up the truck learn about:

  • Hartland Landfill disposal bans, reuse/recycling options and special handling requirements. Common materials banned from disposal include drywall, and concrete. Common recyclables include thermostats and metal ducting.
  • Asbestos disposal - Hartland accepts properly packaged ACM for disposal (including drywall with asbestos-containing mud). Appointments are required. Read more >>

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