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Asbestos

  • Pipes and sheets containing asbestos
  • Other materials containing asbestos, such as insulation materials, fillers, plaster, paint, and glue as well as plastic floor covering, tiles and fire doors.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used in construction materials from the 1920’s to 1994, when its use was banned. All demolition work involving asbestos is subject to a permit, and you must have the work done by professionals. Waste, which is suspected to contain asbestos, is classified as asbestos due to safety reasons.

Handling

Waste containing asbestos dust and fibres is waste that requires special handling. Asbestos cannot be mixed with other wastes, instead it needs to be packed separately according to the instructions here underneath. It is recommended to use a P3 classified face mask when handling waste containing asbestos.

Packing

Before the asbestos is taken to the sorting station it must be packed thoroughly and airtightly in plastic or in a durable, airtight sack. Close it well and mark it with the following text: “Asbestijätettä. Pölyn hengittäminen vaarallista / Asbestavfall. Farligt att inandas” (“Asbestos waste. Hazardous to inhail”).

For packaging you can use for example fiberglass-reinforced sacks or sacks of similar strength, strong plastics that can withhold transport and unloading (for example two strong garbage bags on top of each other) or barrels that can be closed with a lid and collar.

Asbestos should be packed so that the package will not break during any handling stage and so that no dust will be released from it into the atmosphere. The exterior of the package should be cleaned of any asbestos dust before loading into the vehicle. Asbestos waste that is inadequately packed and leaks dust will not be accepted at the waste reception. Airtight packing of asbestos is important in order to prevent the health hazardous asbestos fibres from being freed into the air during handling.

Reception

All sorting stations take small quantities of asbestos. The reception limit at the sorting stations is 200 litres. Quantities larger than this are taken only by the Korvenmäki waste treatment centre.

We do not oblige our employees to help customer unload asbestos loads due to the significant health hazard asbestos poses. With this we strive to minimise the exposure of our employees to asbestos dust.

What happens to the waste:

Safe final disposal of asbestos takes place in a separate area at a landfill with immediate covering.

Reception fee:

See the pricelist.

Waste reception:

Waste treatment centre, Sorting station

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