Asbestos removal and disposal

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate material. It becomes a health risk when the fibres are released into the air and breathed in. It can be found in and around most houses built before 1987.

As a homeowner, you need to know what asbestos is and what precautions you must take if you are planning to renovate or make repairs around your home.

Asbestos Testing Kits

Free Asbestos Testing Kits can be collected from the Front Counter at Council's Head Office in Mullumbimby.

Kits contain:

  • sample bags
  • instructions for taking the sample
  • laboratory instructions. 

Results are provided from the laboratory in five working days

If you receive a positive test result you are responsible for removing asbestos from your property.

Household asbestos removal

You can purchase a Household Asbestos Removal Kit from the Byron Resource Recovery Centre at a subsidised rate of $30.

The kits contain all of the safety equipment and information needed to safely remove up to 10 square metres of asbestos from your home. 

Under NSW law, residents can only remove up to 10 square metres of asbestos without the need for a licensed contractor. 

Visit the following websites for more information on the safe removal and disposal of asbestos:

Safely disposing of asbestos

The Byron Resource Recovery Centre cannot lawfully accept asbestos.

Visit NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for information about where you can dispose of asbestos. Some facilities require notice and prior approval before delivery or acceptance.