Asbestos Identification and Disposal

This page outlines the methods of identifying and disposing of asbestos in the home, or workplace.

Asbestos is potentially fatal

Asbestos is a natural fibrous form of mineral silicate. Until the early 1980s it was used widely for:

  • Roofing, cladding, insulation, textured ceilings, water pipe lagging and floor coverings i.e. linoleum in the building industry.
  • Household products i.e. kitchen mittens, simmer pads i.e. linoleum etc.

The inhalation of asbestos fibres is a potentially fatal health risk.

Care must always be taken when confronted with the substance and/or any material containing it.

If you suspect you have asbestos on your property do not disturb or move it until either it has been positively identified or you have received advice on how to safely deal with it.

How to identify asbestos

Asbestos can only be identified by laboratory testing.

If you want to have a sample tested or you suspect there is asbestos on your property contact the Public Health Service on phone (04) 570 9002.

Asbestos removal and disposal

Asbestos can only be removed and disposed of by approved operators.

Asbestos may only be disposed of by burial in a landfill tip after being safely secured.

Asbestos will only be accepted for disposal at our landfill tip when:

  • There is full OSH guideline compliance; and
  • The proposed disposal has been approved by our Solid Waste Manager; and
  • Arrangments for the safe burial of the material has been made with the landfill management.

To obtain advice on asbestos removal and disposal contact:

  • Occupational Safety and Health on phone (04) 915 4444; or
  • The Public Health Service on phone (04) 570 9002; or
  • the Porirua City Council Solid Waste Manager on phone (04) 237 5089.

Links to more asbestos removal information

Porirua City Council links:

External websites:

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