Asbestos Waste Collection

Given the hazardous nature of asbestos, once any materials have been removed from a building or site, the ethical, and safe disposal of any generated waste is the responsibility of the organisation carrying out the removal. Ensuring waste is disposed of properly is very important to avoid contamination and fibre release.

Merryhill Envirotec operates a major regional asbestos waste transfer station at its main headquarters in Romsey near Southampton. Run under license from the Environment Agency, we are able to accept both bonded and fibrous asbestos waste from pre-approved companies and organisations, and provide a safe, economical service to contractors and other companies within and outside the construction industry.

As a licensed waste carrier, Merryhill is also able to collect fly tipped waste for disposal at our facility.

Asbestos Waste Collection Process

Asbestos removal can take many different forms, including notified and non-notifiable projects, fly tipped waste or simply collection of materials which have already been stripped by others. Any asbestos which has been removed and left for collection needs to be in good condition to avoid the spread of contamination and ideally have been removed by a licensed asbestos contractor.

When removing asbestos from a site using an enclosure, waste materials are first placed in red 1000g polythene bags, sealed and put in the bag lock area. From the bag lock, all waste bags are wiped cleaned of any external debris and placed in clear 1000g polythene bags and sealed again before being placed either in an on-site asbestos skip, or secured in one of our vehicles prior to transfer to our headquarters for disposal. Asbestos waste is always double bagged for additional security to reduce the risk of fibres being released and spreading further contamination.

Bagged waste is transferred from a removal site either directly via a specialist skip, or carried to our waste transfer facility in Romsey, near Southampton in Hampshire. All of Merryhill’s vehicles and drivers carry a license to transport hazardous waste on the highway. This includes waste that we have removed ourselves, or collection of other waste in the case of fly-tipped collections. Inside our vehicles is a locked cabinet which is used to store waste whilst in transit. This is to avoid contamination of other items in the vehicle and provide additional protection in the event of an accident.

Once waste has been removed, bagged and transferred to our depot, it is then placed in secure skips held at our waste transfer facility in Romsey. All waste is documented with consignment notes so we know where all waste has come from and weighed prior to placing in the skips. Merryhill holds a license from the Environment Agency for the secure storage of both bonded and fibrous hazardous asbestos waste. Our license also means we can accept waste from pre-approved companies and organisations, and provide a safe, economical service to contractors and other companies within and outside the construction industry.

Once waste has accumulated at our depot, the secure skips are removed by a separate environmental contractor for transfer to landfill. Due to the hazardous nature of asbestos and its natural resistance to chemicals and heat, this is currently the only way of safely disposing of any removed materials. Before transfer to landfill, all waste weights are checked against the records held my Merryhill by the Environment Agency as part our their audit process.

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