Learn more about Asbestos Removal in North London
Asbestos is the collective term for a group of six naturally occurring silica minerals. Although these minerals occur naturally in our environment, asbestos is one of the most hazardous waste types there is. In the past, asbestos was primarily used for insulation during building projects due to its natural properties that include fire, water and chemical resistance. Nowadays, we know that asbestos can cause serious lung diseases when loose fibres from the material are released into the air and inhaled.
Asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1999. Many commercial and domestic properties built prior to that may still pose a risk when construction work or refurbishing is being done, as building material containing asbestos could be disturbed, causing fibres to be released
Due to the extreme health risks that it causes, this type of waste needs to be handled carefully and can not be treated like general waste or recycling.
There are a variety of contractors available in North London who specialise in professional and safe asbestos removal, but you must ensure that they are suitably trained and licensed to carry out the services you need for any commercial or domestic building.
North London boroughs have reuse and recycling centres available who will be able to accept a small amount of cement asbestos from households. Be sure to check your area’s local council website as most reuse and recycling centres require you to book a slot for waste disposal before arrival and you must also provide a proof of address and a photo identification to obtain access. Consult your local borough’s website for more information on whether these centres take household asbestos. Always call ahead to ensure that the staff are aware of any hazardous materials that you plan to drop off.
The City of London also operates an asbestos removal service for cement in North London, but the asbestos must be double-bagged or properly wrapped up first, meaning that you will have to pay additional costs on top of a disposal fee. They also only collect asbestos from residential buildings and not commercial buildings or schools. There may be some delays in booking an appointment as they are a very in-demand service.
Wayst provides a complete service for asbestos removal from both residential, commercial properties and construction sites. We will ensure that the asbestos is safely removed from the premises, secure the asbestos by wrapping it and using the correct health and safety protocols and equipment to minimise any risk to other people and the environment.
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