Asbestos is a mineral that was used in many building materials and household items until it was banned in 2000. We treat materials containing asbestos differently to most other waste because it can release dust that severely damages the lungs. Any waste materials containing asbestos are considered hazardous.
Types of asbestos materials commonly found in the home
If your home was built before the year 2000, it could contain asbestos. Asbestos commonly found in the home include:
- 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.
Finding out if you have asbestos in your home
An asbestos consultant can tell you whether or not you have asbestos in your home. They will provide advice on whether a sample of a particular material is enough or if you need a survey to be carried out, depending 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.
On-island testing services
The JT Directory has contact details for
asbestos consultants operating in Jersey.
When you should remove asbestos from your home
Most asbestos materials in good condition can safely stay where they are unless they are going to be disturbed by renovation or demolition work.
How to remove asbestos from your home
Removing asbestos yourself
We recommend that any asbestos removal work is carried out by a professional removal contractor, but you can remove asbestos from your own home yourself if you want. As the dust from breaking or damaging asbestos materials is harmful, it must be handled with care.
UK Health and Safety Executive has published guidance on how to remove some asbestos materials.
All asbestos waste must be sealed inside two layers of heavy duty polythene and any gaps covered with strong tape.
Alternatively, specially-printed bags can be used instead where the asbestos is sealed inside one 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 removal contractors
Some companies provide asbestos removal services if you would prefer not to carry out the work yourself. If you employ someone else, they will be responsible for providing safety equipment to their staff, taking the correctly-packaged waste away with them and disposing of it appropriately. You can ask them for proof of disposal if you like.
To remove the highest-risk materials (insulating board, pipe insulation/lagging, loft insulation), contractors need permission from Jersey’s Health & Safety Inspectorate (HSI).
List of Jersey contractors with the correct permissions
If you have done the removal and packaging work yourself, you can use your own vehicle to take the asbestos waste away for disposal. If you have no transport, you must ask a registered waste carrier to deliver your waste for you. You cannot use a hired vehicle.
List of registered waste carriers
Where you can get rid of your asbestos
The Asbestos Reception and Disposal Facility (ARDF) accepts asbestos waste. It is located next to the Household Recycling Centre at La Collette. You must bring photographic ID and a utility bill with you when delivering asbestos waste yourself.
Opening days and times
The ARDF receives asbestos between 8am and 1pm every other Wednesday
|September 2020||2, 16, 30|
|October 2020||14, 28|
|November 2020 ||11, 25|
|December 2020||9, 23|
If you have more than 40 kg asbestos waste, you must book a delivery slot in advance by completing an asbestos waste booking form and emailing it to:
email@example.com. Further instructions will be emailed to you with the booking confirmation. Please note that you'll be charged for bringing this amount of waste.
If you have less than 40 kg of asbestos waste, it would save you time if you booked in advance but it's not a requirement.
Asbestos waste booking form
|Licensed material containing asbestos||£730.61 |
|Non-licensed asbestos materials||£20.45 (2020 price increase pending approval)|
|Non-licensed asbestos material weighing less than 40kg||No charge (householder deliveries only)|
There are no other locations in Jersey which have the facility to accept asbestos waste. Don't attempt to deliver asbestos wastes to the Household Recycling Centre at La Collette or any of the bring banks across the Island as you will be turned away.
If you have had a material or item tested for asbestos and the laboratory certificate says there is none, this can usually be recycled or disposed of using any normal route but please bring a copy of the certificate with you.
Jersey asbestos legal guidance
Legal duties placed on householders having works carried out in their homes