Res­i­dents at risk by as­bestos fly-tip­pers

As­bestos waste is be­ing dumped care­lessly in the open air, the coun­cil's en­vi­ron­ment de­part­ment has re­vealed.

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Saman­tha Kett [email protected]­

AS­BESTOS waste is be­ing dumped care­lessly in and around Dé­nia in the open air, the coun­cil's en­vi­ron­ment de­part­ment has re­vealed.

This shock rev­e­la­tion comes after heaps of the dan­ger­ous ma­te­rial was found in Las Ro­tas, El Tos­salet, on the Montgó and in Jesús Po­bre in at least five places.

As well as pos­ing a se­ri­ous haz­ard to the pub­lic, the fly­tip­pers are putting their own health at grave risk: as­bestos should only ever be re­moved by spe­cial­ists with the cor­rect equip­ment.

Mi­cro­scopic fi­bres from this now-banned con­struc­tion ma­te­rial can be in­haled and, even in very min­i­mal quan­ti­ties, are known to cause lung can­cer.

Once ex­tracted, as­bestos should be dis­posed of in a ded­i­cated plant where it will be treated ac­cord­ing to a spe­cial­ist process – never de­posited in an or­di­nary tip or eco-park.

This process is ex­tremely ex­pen­sive, and the coun­cil sus­pects some of the cul­prits may be aware of the dan­gers but choose not to bear the cost.

Lo­cal bye-laws in al­most every town pro­hibit dump­ing in­flammable, ex­plo­sive, toxic, poi­sonous or dan­ger­ous waste in pub­lic places.

And where these are left by or in the bins, rub­bish col­lec­tors are not al­lowed, by law, to han­dle them, so they have to leave them.

Dé­nia coun­cil has ap­pointed a spe­cial­ist firm to re­move the as­bestos waste, and crit­i­cises the cul­prits for let­ting the tax­payer fund their dirty work.

Last time Dé­nia had to pay for a sin­gle heap of as­bestos to be re­moved from the street, it cost over €3,000.

Old cor­ru­gated roof pan­els con­tain as­bestos

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