How to Dispose of Asbestos Siding

To avoid spreading environmental contaminants that cause health problems, dispose of asbestos siding properly. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, a type of cancer. Once asbestos ages and breaks down, it becomes a toxin. Healthy asbestos can remain in the home; remove only the toxic, broken-down asbestos.

Homeowners should avoid performing this dangerous and challenging work themselves if possible, even if they are competent home renovators.

  1. Locate a licensed asbestos abatement company near your community, using the telephone directory. Contact the company, and arrange for removal of your asbestos siding, which is the best way to dispose of materials containing asbestos since the company handles removal from your home, transportation to a landfill and proper disposal.

  2. Call your local landfill if you intend to dispose of the material yourself. Inform them that you have asbestos siding, and ask when you can deliver the asbestos to the landfill. Your landfill will have paperwork for you to fill out before you can dispose of the asbestos siding. Obtain and complete the paperwork, which varies by location. Once the paperwork is complete, schedule your dropoff.

  3. Load the asbestos siding into a truck bed that has a cover; do not expose the waste to air. Wear a protective face mask and work gloves to avoid touching the material. Drive to your landfill. Landfill workers will have prepared a special trench for your asbestos material in advance of your arrival, with a ramp at one end.

  4. Drive down the ramp. Wait for landfill workers to unload your asbestos materials. Once all of your material is unloaded, the workers will cover your asbestos waste with at least 18 inches of soil to avoid contaminating the environment.

  5. Tip

    Failure to follow these guidelines can result in your local landfill refusing to accept the asbestos waste and reporting asbestos exposure in your entire community.