Disposal activities are undertaken by experienced demolition contractors under strict transport and handing protocols with safety as the priority for the community and contractors. A waste management plan is prepared for each house and block. This includes estimating potential capacity needed at the disposal site to take the soil, waste and rubble of a demolished house.
Strict regulations are in place for the disposal of loose fill asbestos insulation. Any asbestos fibres vacuumed or otherwise removed from houses are sealed in heavy duty plastic bags. Bonded asbestos sheets are wrapped in plastic before disposal. The bags are processed through an onsite decontamination unit, transported and buried at a site dedicated to asbestos disposal at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre.
Soil and rubble from the demolition of affected houses is disposed of at a Resource Management Centre in the ACT. Waste is carefully consolidated and covered, then transported in trucks on designated roads directly to the asbestos tip site where it is covered by soil.
Workers at the tip site are protected within air conditioned machinery and/or wear appropriate protective clothing during disposal of waste. The disposal site is checked daily and regular air monitoring is carried out to test for the presence of asbestos fibres.
Traffic management controls are put in place to minimise disruption to surrounding residents and road users during transport of demolition waste.