Regional asbestos collection project, the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS) is returning in 2017 and Hills residents are invited to take up the offer to have small amounts of unattached asbestos sheeting collected for free from their homes.
Previous programs have safely removed over 42 tonnes of asbestos sheeting from homes in Western Sydney.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said the initiative was a great way for residents to dispose of asbestos cement sheeting that has been stored around the yard from remodelling or renovations.
“I know from personal experience the issues that building and renovating can unearth - and many of our Shire’s homes would have old asbestos sheeting lying around,” Mayor Keane said.
“This is a great opportunity for us to help people clean up safely,” she said.
The service has been made available for collection of up to a maximum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos from each household.
Councillor Alan Haselden said the program would help rid the Shire of a problematic substance.
“Asbestos is the type of material that needs careful management and I’m pleased that Council is able to offer a solution for residents who may have asbestos, but be unsure of how to deal with it,” he said.
“I encourage people to check underneath the house, around the home and yard, and use this program before the asbestos begins to break down and release harmful fibres,” he said.
Collections are carried out by licenced asbestos removal contractors.
Hills Shire residents can register for the program by contacting Paul Zirilli on 9762 1112 before March 17.
For information about asbestos and its removal visit www. asbestosanswers.com.au.