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The Drumheller Mail - - SPRING HOME & GARDEN GUIDE - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

While out for an early morn­ing run on May 1, Wendy Clark’s neigh­bour, Deanne Bertsch was out run­ning along the road where she found the large yel­low bags la­belled ‘ cau­tion.’

Clark’s hus­band Richard was in­formed when the neigh­bour called about the sit­u­a­tion as she did not want to med­dle with the waste.

“You know it’s too bad that peo­ple fig­ure that that’s how they need to dis­pose of their garbage,” said Clark.

Within a strong ru­ral com­mu­nity, Clark be­lieves that many are will­ing to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and clean up for the sake of the neigh­bour­hood.

“All the farm­ers around here – I think we all play our part,” said Clark.

Knee­hill County was called to pick up the con­tained sub­stance and then send it to the Drumheller and Dis­trict Re­gional Land­fill.

The land­fill is ap­proved to ac­cept as­bestos and has strict pro­ce­dures in place to take care of it. The Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety (OHS) rules, are based around the work­ers safety when han­dling un­safe ma­te­rial.

“What re­ally about this thing both­ers me is that some- body did that for $50.00,” said Tammi Ny­gaard, man­ager of the Drumheller and Dis­trict Re­gional Land­fill.

An ap­pli­ca­tion must be filled out with 48 hours ad­vanced no­tice as the as­bestos must be im­me­di­ately dis­posed of and a site must also be pre­pared.

The land­fill does not ac­cept the de­bris on windy days and the op­er­a­tor must be on site to tag where the as­bestos is once it is buried. The proper doc­u­men­ta­tion is then filed away but is avail­able at any­time for when the in­spec­tor comes to visit.

“There’s prob­a­bly no way that we can fig­ure out who did it be­cause they most likely didn’t leave any Iden­ti­fy­ing pa­per­work on it, there’s no name or any­thing on the bags,” said Ny­gaard. “What re­ally up­sets me the most is that this is within the re­gion and that amount of as­bestos would have been very min­i­mal amount for dis­posal.”

If they were to find out who left the brightly la­belled bags, Knee­hill County would im­pose a by­law with pos­si­ble fees and the land­fill can lean on the Al­berta En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act for re­in­force­ment.

“Hav­ing said that, it’s go­ing to prob­a­bly be very dif­fi­cult for us un­less some­body phys­i­cally saw them do it for us to fig­ure out who did it,” said Ny­gaard.

As­bestos can be found in two types: fri­able and non­fri­able. Fri­able typ­i­cally means who the as­bestos par­ti­cles can be­come air­borne. It tends to be more dan­ger­ous for the peo­ple that are pro­duc­ing and work­ing around the ma­te­rial than some­one ca­su­ally in the land­fill but it still re­mains a gen­eral hazard.

As­bestos is a dan­ger to hu­mans as it poses a health risk. It can cre­ate prob­lems like as- be­sto­sis, also known as black lung, which cre­ates tiny slits in the lungs and nor­mally re­mains dor­mant for many years be­fore act­ing up.

The de­bris can be found in many forms in­clud­ing dry­wall, ceil­ing tiles, floor tiles, linoleum, grout, in­su­la­tion, and pipe. All listed are in fri­able form ex­cept for the solid pipe. The to­tal cost to get rid of one tonne of as­bestos is $72.50.

“I don’t know if it’s just be­cause peo­ple are un­e­d­u­cated and ig­no­rant of the facts or just that they’re down-right lazy and don’t want to do the proper method of dis­posal,” said Ny­gaard.

The Re­gional Land­fill took care of the waste Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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