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Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - In The Issue -

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. as­bestosan­

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