Learn more about Asbestos Removal in East Central London
While asbestos has been banned since 1999, it has been used prior in many building materials such as roofing, wall and pipe insulation and decorative finishes in buildings. Asbestos, a group of minerals found naturally, is a great fortifier and insulator, hence the common usage in building material.
Unfortunately, years later, people began to realise how toxic asbestos is. When building material containing asbestos is knocked down or drilled, tiny fibres of the mineral release into the air and it can be inhaled, especially by construction workers, plumbers and other contractors who are exposed to building material for prolonged periods. Because of this, asbestos is one of the most hazardous forms of waste and needs to be disposed of properly. Waste containing asbestos is not permitted to be discarded with general and recyclable waste.
East Central London is a hub for many creative and corporate activities. This is also a desirable residential area. With so many activities and opportunities, construction projects are ongoing in the area, whether commercial or residential.
When construction waste contains any building material from asbestos, this needs to be treated carefully to ensure that people do not get exposed to asbestos fibres.
There are many private companies specialising in asbestos removal in the area of East Central London, from both commercial and residential properties however the importance of hiring a professional is even more important when dealing with asbestos removals. Small amounts of asbestos may be removed from residential properties without hiring an asbestos removal company, however, it is strongly recommended that you use a professional waste disposal company who hold accreditations and can show that they have been trained in proper asbestos removal to minimise the risk and prevent any harm being caused to yourself or others.
The City of London, east of the Borough of Westminster and within the city centre is able to remove small quantities of residential asbestos for free through the Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal Service (HWCDS). This service is available to residents within East Central London, although it may take up to four weeks for slots to become available.
This free service is only available for residents and can not be used for larger asbestos removal clearances from commercial properties, construction sites or schools.
If you choose to remove asbestos yourself, you should consult your borough council’s website for guidance and for information on where asbestos can be disposed safely as it can not be dropped off with general and recyclable waste. It is your responsibility to protect your health by wearing protective masks and eyewear, spraying the asbestos down with water or an adhesive to eliminate fibres from being released. Asbestos must be placed in properly sealed waste bags or wrapping made from heavy polythene.
Wayst can provide a full asbestos removal service from residential and commercial properties and construction sites. We take the guesswork and research out of asbestos removal and we will ensure that it is safely handled and discarded.
Need help with asbestos removal in East Central London? Do not hesitate to get in touch.