Asbestos a health risk
THE recent discovery of asbestos at the Wowan Transfer Station during a routine council visit has sparked a call for people to keep clear of the area.
Mayor Nev Ferrier said this was not the first time asbestos had been found dumped illegally at unmanned waste facilities throughout the shire.
He said it was often included in scrap metal or green waste piles.
"During a visit to the Wowan Transfer Station on June 21 for a waste information session scheduled for that site, it was noted that wall sheeting had been disposed of in the green waste disposal area,” Cr Ferrier said.
"It was suspected that at least some of the wall sheeting may have contained asbestos.
"Two samples were taken and one of these samples indicated the presence of asbestos.
"As this asbestos contaminated wall sheeting had been broken into numerous pieces and spread through the green waste stockpile, this is likely to be difficult to clean up without also removing a large pile of green waste, significantly adding to the costs of clean up and disposal,” Cr Ferrier said.
"We are yet to obtain quotes however it is estimated that this will be in excess of $5000.”
As a severe safety issue council has barricaded off the area and urged the public to keep clear.
"Not only does the illegal disposal of asbestos pose a significant health risk to the public and Council staff, the clean up of this hazardous waste can be costly,” Cr Ferrier said.
"Clean up costs will be passed on to offenders and fines may also be imposed.
However where offenders cannot be identified, these costs are borne by ratepayers.”
All asbestos waste needs to be appropriately wrapped and only disposed of at an approved location.
Disposal is free of charge at Trap Gully Landfill for domestic loads under 100kg or 0.5 cubic metres.
For more information about asbestos disposal contact or to report suspicious handling contact Council on 4992 9500.
For information about asbestos handling visit https://www.asbestos .qld.gov.au/