Conducting a Home Renovation?
Did you know... that up until the late 1990s, more than 3,000 products containing asbestos and other hazardous materials were used in house construction? Renovating houses containing asbestos products can release fibre into the air which may cause serious health problems, including lung disease and cancer. Read more >>
Common items that contain asbestos:
- Vinyl sheet flooring/ vinyl floor tile
- Drywall joint compound
- Ceiling tile
- Textured ceiling coat
- Furnace, central heating duct taping, wrap and gaskets
- Cement panels (transite)
- Cement board
Three Tips to be Reno Safe and Waste Wise
1. Plan Ahead and Protect Yourself
Homeowners and contractors need to take precautions when disturbing or handling asbestos containing materials (ACM).
To protect you and your family, hire a qualified professional to identify asbestos and other hazardous materials before you renovate. If you hire a contractor it is your responsibility to have the hazards identified and safely removed.
Hazardous Materials are identified through a Hazardous Materials Survey (HazMat Survey). Here is a list of local companies that can assist with surveys, testing and safe removal.
2. Manage Your Waste
Renovation and demolition wastes are not suitable for curbside garbage pickup. There are many drop-off locations for these wastes, such as Hartland Landfill.
Before you load up the truck learn about Hartland landfill bans, reuse/recycling options and special handling requirements.
- Metal (ducting, plumbing, wiring, etc)
- Light fixtures/bulbs, ballasts
Recycling options can be found at www.myrecyclopedia.ca
||Accepted at Hartland, requires special handling and packaging.
||Waste free of asbestos and banned items is accepted at Hartland Landfill and private facilities. Each facility will have testing requirements for this waste.
3. Plan for Disposal
Before heading to the landfill, get pre-approved to ensure your remaining waste material will be accepted. This step confirms hazardous items like asbestos, drywall, thermostats and recyclables have been removed.
To get pre-approved:
- Get your HazMat survey or lab testing results
- Complete an Application for Disposal of Clean Demo Waste
- Submit application with your HazMat/test results
- Get your pre-approval number
- Make a disposal appointment at least 24 hours in advance: 250.360.3410