Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate material that 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.
Free Asbestos Testing Kits can be collected from the Front Counter at Council's Head Office in Mullumbimby.
- 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 appropriate management of asbestos removal from your property.
You can purchase a Household Asbestos Removal Kit from the Byron Resource Recovery Centre at a subsidised rate of $25.
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:
The Byron Resource Recovery Centre cannot lawfully accept asbestos.
To locate a facility for asbestos disposal go to the NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website. Please note some facilities require notice and prior approval before delivery or acceptance.