Some homes and structures damaged by flooding may contain asbestos.
Asbestos products are generally not dangerous if kept in good condition. If an asbestos product is broken or disturbed in any way, it is extremely hazardous.
- Do not put asbestos out for kerbside collection – it is a serious health hazard.
- Contact your insurers to engage specialised contractors to remove asbestos waste if possible.
- Do not attempt to remove the product yourself without seeking advice or assistance.
- Any residential or small business flood-generated asbestos waste should remain onsite in a safe location.
Managing small amounts of asbestos
If you’re unsure whether you have asbestos:
- Get an asbestos removal and test kits from Council. It takes five days to get the results.
- Safely wrapped and store onsite.
- Call the Byron Resource Recovery Hotline 1300 652 625 to book in for this waste to be collected.
For more information about removing less than 10m2 of flood-damaged asbestos waste, see Managing asbestos in emergencies and disasters
Managing larger quantities of residential or small business asbestos waste
If your property is insured for flood damage, a claim for damages should include the management of asbestos waste.
For uninsured properties with over 10m2 of flood-damaged asbestos waste, a request for advice can made via Service NSW Property assessment and demolition program