Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:16

WSROC welcomes proposal for levy-free asbestos disposal

Asbestos-clad house undergoing renovation. Asbestos-clad house undergoing renovation. Asbestos Awareness Month

Media release, 6 November 2019

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the release of the NSW Government’s Asbestos Strategy which includes a proposal to make asbestos disposal cheaper via the removal of the waste levy.

WSROC President, Cr Barry Calvert, said “WSROC supports strong action on asbestos and commends Minister Kean for his responsiveness on this issue. Asbestos is a major public health concern for Western Sydney which is considered Sydney’s ‘fibro belt’.

“In the early 1980s, some areas of Western Sydney saw more than 30 per cent of homes clad in asbestos products. These areas are now undergoing rapid urban renewal in the form of new housing developments and DIY renovations. There is an urgent need to ensure people are aware of asbestos risks, proper disposal methods, and have access to affordable, accessible disposal services,” he said.

The NSW Asbestos Strategy seeks to make asbestos disposal cheaper, easier and more transparent, increase awareness of risks and proper disposal methods, and disrupt improper practices.

“WSROC supports the NSW EPA’s proposal to remove the waste levy from asbestos, making it cheaper for people to dispose of asbestos correctly. The waste levy is a fee paid on all waste sent to landfill. The waste levy is very effective at promoting recycling; however asbestos cannot be recycled,” said Cr Calvert.

“We also strongly support greater community engagement and education on the risks of asbestos, where it may occur in the home, and how to dispose of it correctly. While there is broad acknowledgement of the dangers of asbestos, many people remain unsure of what to do,” he said.

“WSROC welcomes any steps to make asbestos disposal safer, easier and cheaper but warn that measures should not put undue pressures on local councils who are already under extreme pressure caused the combination of rapid population growth, local waste crises caused by the China Sword Policy, and poor strategic planning for local waste processing infrastructure,” said Cr Calvert.

“We also strongly encourage the NSW EPA to collaborate with local governments to ensure policy changes don’t have unintended impacts. Local councils have to deal with these issues daily and have a wealth of experience when it comes to practical implementation,” he said.

For further information on proper asbestos disposal, costs and locations visit: www.asbestosanswers.com.au

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