Asbestos Waste Piling Up With Fewer Places to Put it

Asbestos is still a worldwide problem. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about 20 kilograms (about 44 pounds) of asbestos-contaminated waste is generated for every person in Australia, and the problem is growing. With “no good plans” to deal with the growing amount of deadly waste, the volume of asbestos waste needing to be disposed of is likely to grow by about 2.8 percent a year for the next 20 years.

The increased volume of the highly toxic waste and a decline in the number places to safely dump it is a problem keenly felt in the asbestos disposal industry. Prospective clients are often surprised by the cost of delivering the asbestos tainted materials to disposal centers that are miles away. In many cases, farmers will decide to bring down the asbestos laden sheds themselves and dump the asbestos somewhere in the bush.

Asbestos disposal companies are called out two or three times a year to collect asbestos that has been dumped or hidden in other waste. Unfortunately fees are set by private landfill operators, and when the costs are high, it leads to asbestos being hidden in general waste, increasing risks of environmental contamination.

Asbestos exposure has been shown to cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and a variety of other cancers. If you or a friend has been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.