How Do You Get Rid of Asbestos Safely?


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To dispose of asbestos, wrap the materials in plastic sheeting that is secured with duct tape, or place smaller pieces of the material in sealed plastic bags. All materials containing asbestos should be saturated with soapy water before and during the removal, and the materials should remain wet until they are properly sealed in plastic. Take the materials to an approved disposal site to get rid of them.

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How Do You Get Rid of Asbestos Safely?
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When disposing of materials outdoors, such as asbestos-containing siding or roofing, place plastic sheeting on the ground around the home, and alert neighbors before beginning the removal. Neighbors should keep windows and doors closed during the removal to prevent asbestos fibers from entering the home. Avoid dropping or throwing the materials, as this can release asbestos fibers into the air.

Double-bag all asbestos-containing materials if plastic bags are used, or place the items in lidded plastic drums. After removing the materials, dispose of the clothing and safety gear worn during the removal. Clearly label all bags, sealed plastic sheeting and drums with the required warning.

In some regions, local laws require placing all asbestos-containing materials in sealed containers. Refer to local regulations to determine whether plastic sheeting or plastic bags are suitable for the disposal, and to determine how to properly label the disposal containers.

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