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Asbestos was used for various products and materials on and in homes before 1994. Since 1993, the use of asbestos has been banned due to its high health risk. For this reason, you must remove (or have removed) asbestos responsibly.

You can offer asbestos and asbestos-containing waste at one of the environmental centres

Recognising asbestos

You can recognise asbestos by its fibrous structure. It often has a white or grey colour. It is widely used in older houses because it is fire-resistant and good. In roof fittings, corrugated sheets (such as on sheds), drain pipes and chimneys. It can also be incorporated in other materials, for example in ceiling tiles, window sills, floor sail and the sealant of window frames. Or in loose items, such as hot plates and flower boxes. As long as asbestos is well embedded in other material, you can leave it in place.

Asbestos removal

When asbestos breaks, burns or crumbles, carcinogenic asbestos fibres are released. These are dangerous if you inhale them. That is why asbestos removal is regulated for safety.

Licence or no licence?

  • Removing asbestos without a licence (does require notification!)
    You can remove asbestos if it is unglued asbestos-containing floor covering or floor tiles (maximum 35 m²) or bolted bonded asbestos-containing (corrugated) sheets (maximum 35 m²). You do not need a permit for this. However, you must remove the report asbestos removal in advance in writing to your municipality. At the environmental centre, fill in the form 'Notification mandatory removal of asbestos from a structure'  In. Or download the form here. This way, you can fill it out in advance and bring it with you to the environmental centre. Please note that we cannot accept asbestos without a completed notification form.
  • Asbestos removal with permit
    In all other cases, you need a demolition permit to remove asbestos.

Tips on removing asbestos

  • Keep children and fellow residents away from the work.
  • Always use respiratory protection, gloves and protective clothing.
  • Dampen the asbestos with water. This will make small particles less easily released.
  • Do not saw or break the asbestos. Sawing and breaking release the hazardous substances.
  • When in doubt, always involve an expert company.

> Find out more about identifying asbestos and safe removal on the Milieu Centraal website

Supplying asbestos

Asbestos-containing waste should be packed in (sealed) double-thick transparent plastic. Special foil and tape can be collected from the waste disposal site. The packaged asbestos bring it to the waste disposal site. You cannot have asbestos collected.