What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of mineral fibres that resist fire, heat and electricity. Renovating and deconstructing houses containing asbestos products can release asbestos fibres into the air. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to lung scarring and cancer.
Some of the most common asbestos containing materials are:
- Vinyl sheet flooring/vinyl floor tile
- Drywall joint compound
- Ceiling tile
- Textured ceiling coat
- Furnace, central heating taping, wrap and gaskets
- Cement panels (transite)
- Cement board
Disposal of Asbestos Containing Materials
Asbestos containing material (ACM) is accepted by appointment Hartland Landfill.
Here’s what you need to know:
Before you leave
- A disposal appointment is required, contact Hartland at 250.360.3410
- Laboratory analysis will be required for disposal of drywall containing asbestos.
- Disposal of ACM generated out-of-region, will require a disposal request form be completed.
- Review all requirements below
- ACM must be double bagged in 6 mil poly asbestos bags. Bags must be goose-neck tied and sealed with duct tape. Bags are available at safety supply stores.
- All loads must be covered and secured in order to reduce litter on roadways. Those vehicles arriving with uncovered and/or unsecured loads will be charged double the normal fee.
- Homeowners can transport ACM to the landfill as long as the load is properly bagged and sealed and it weighs less than 1,000kg (multiple load volumes must not exceed this limit in a 30 day period).
- Loads that weigh more than 1,000kg, and those transported by commercial haulers will require a waste manifest and the driver/vehicle must be licensed to haul ACM or they will be turned away.
- All customers must wear high visibility vests and safety boots, due to the presence of equipment at the ACM disposal site.
For more information on asbestos transport and containment requirements please visit the Ministry of Environment website:
Drywall Containing Asbestos
Drywall that was installed before 1990 has the potential to contain asbestos in the mudding compound. Drywall containing asbestos can be brought to the landfill for disposal as ACM.
In addition to the restrictions above, documentation confirming that the drywall has been tested and confirmed to contain asbestos fibres must be provided. There are a number of labs in the region that can complete this testing at a nominal fee. HAZMAT Survey, Testing and Removal Service Providers
Note: Drywall is not accepted for recycling at the Hartland facility. Clean drywall can be recycled at local private facilities; please visit MyRecyclopedia.ca for a list of drywall recyclers.