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New Asbestos Waste Transfer Station Approved

Safe and compliant disposal of asbestos waste in the Kent region will become easier and more cost effective following approval by the Planning Inspectorate on 10th March 2014 for  Asbestos First to operate an asbestos waste transfer station in Chatham.  Click here for the 3R Waste web site.

The transfer station will extend Asbestos First's services, which have included asbestos sampling, surveying, removal and management since 1988.

Just 3 miles from junction 3 of the M2, it is ideally situated to provide an accessible service to those who need to comply with Health and Safety Executive asbestos waste regulations.

In approving the application the Planning Inspectorate recognised the lack of asbestos waste facilities within Kent. Unlike other counties, Kent has just two transfer stations and one landfill site which will accept asbestos containing materials (ACMs); all of which are better suited to the large-scale removal of asbestos, operating a minimum charge based on weight, which can result in compliant disposal of small quantities being considered 'uneconomic'.

The new facility will also supply the consumable items required, which means that companies will be able to transfer their waste and collect their consumable items from a single location.

The new facility is scheduled to open this summer.

Asbestos First Managing Director Debbie Hales is pleased that the new facility will make it easier for people to dispose of ACMs responsibly.

"We've been an HSE licence holder since 1988 and regularly deliver training for building and construction companies to ensure that they are compliant," she said. "The cost of ACM disposal in this area was becoming a serious burden for many smaller organisations. We are regularly contacted by trades and DIYers who are struggling to find an economical way to manage or dispose of their asbestos containing waste.

"The waste transfer station will reduce the cost of asbestos waste disposal, especially for trades such as plumbers, electricians and builders with, for example, a single asbestos containing toilet cistern or a single fuse board. It will also ensure that the material is handled safely.

"It is essential that property owners, small builders and larger organisations understand that asbestos containing materials must be handled and disposed of by specialists who have the equipment and understanding to provide a safe and fully monitored solution. We are happy to be extending this service in Kent," said Debbie.

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