Asbestos is a mineral used in many building materials and household items until it was banned in 2000. Any waste materials containing asbestos are considered hazardous. We treat wastes containing asbestos differently because it can release dust that severely damages the lungs.
Asbestos legal guidance
Householders' roles and responsibilities under the Health and Safety (Management in Construction) (Jersey) Regulations 2016
Where to dispose of your asbestos
The Asbestos Reception and Disposal Facility (ARDF) at La Collette accepts all asbestos waste. There are no other locations in Jersey that have the facilities to accept asbestos waste.
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The ARDF receives asbestos between 8am and 1pm every other Wednesday:
- 11 and 25 January 2023
- 8 and 22 February 2023
- 8 and 22 March 2023
- 5 and 19 April 2023
- 3, 17 and 31 May 2023
- 14 and 28 June 2023
- 12 and 26 July 2023
- 9 and 23 August 2023
- 6 and 20 September 2023
- 4 and 18 October 2023
- 1, 15 and 29 November 2023
- 13 December 2023
Make a booking
You must book a delivery slot in advance to dispose of your asbestos waste at ARDF. When delivering your asbestos you'll need to bring a:
- photographic ID
- utility bill that is less than 3 months old
Book a delivery slot
Further instructions will be emailed to you with the booking confirmation.
Types of asbestos materials
If your home was built before the year 2000, it could contain asbestos. Asbestos commonly found in the home includes:
- cement (corrugated and flat sheets, ironing board rests, roof tiles, boiler flues)
- vinyl (plastic floor tiles, linoleum with paper backing)
- decorative plaster (artex on ceilings or walls, inside or outside)
- bitumen (pitch fibre pipes, toilet cisterns, sink pads, roofing felt)
- textiles (electrical flashguards, ironing board covers, fire blankets)
- insulating board (ceilings, walls, fire doors, soffits)
- lagging (insulation on hot or cold water pipes)
- loose fill insulation (lofts, wall cavities)
Many asbestos materials have a modern replacement which does not contain asbestos. The replacement often looks identical to the original.
Find out if there is asbestos in your home
An asbestos consultant can tell you if you have asbestos in your home. They'll provide advice on whether a sample of a particular material is enough or if you need a survey to be carried out. This will depend on your reason for concern.
If the laboratory confirms there's no asbestos in your samples, you can usually recycle or dispose of the materials as you normally would. Bring a copy of the analysis certificate with you to your chosen place of disposal.
You can find a list of
asbestos consultants in the JT Directory.
When and how to remove asbestos
Most asbestos materials in good condition can safely stay where they are unless they are going to be disturbed by renovation or demolition work.
Removing asbestos yourself
You can remove asbestos from your home yourself but we recommend that any asbestos removal work is carried out by a professional removal contractor. The dust from breaking or damaging asbestos materials is harmful and must be handled with care.
Guidance on asbestos removal on the Health and Safety Executive website.
All asbestos waste must be sealed inside 2 layers of heavy duty polythene and any gaps must be covered with strong tape.
Specially printed bags can also be used where the asbestos is sealed inside 1 bag, and then the bagged waste is sealed inside a second bag.
Polythene, bags and tape are usually available from most builders’ merchants. Ordinary bin bags are not suitable.
Professional asbestos removal contractors
If you prefer not to handle the asbestos yourself you can hire companies that provide asbestos removal services. Professional contractors will be responsible for:
- providing safety equipment to their staff
- taking the correctly-packaged waste away
- disposing of the asbestos waste appropriately
You can ask your removal contractor for proof of disposal.
Contractors need permission from the Health and Safety Inspectorate (HSI) to remove the highest-risk materials. These may include:
- insulating board
- pipe insulation or lagging
- loft insulation
List of licensed asbestos removal contractors
If you have removed and packed the asbestos yourself, you can use your own vehicle to transport the asbestos the ARDF at La Collette.
If you have no transport, you must ask a registered waste carrier to deliver your asbestos waste for you. You cannot use a hired vehicle.
List of registered waste carriers