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Asbestos dumping survey: Council input sought

The NSW Government has released a draft of its Asbestos Waste Strategy, which aims to make it tougher to illegally dump asbestos and safer to remove it.

Councils are at the front line of combating the illegal dumping and improper disposal of asbestos, and they do so with varying resources available to them.

It has been established that for any illegal dumping that occurs in a council area, councils are forced to pay twice – for clean-up costs and then for the solid waste levy on disposal.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has commissioned Heartward Strategic to develop a tool kit to help councils with preventing asbestos exposure.

The aim is to learn from councils by collecting and analysing information about strategies, programs, initiatives and campaigns and to uncover best practice examples.

Participation by councils is voluntary and involves a 10-15 minute survey. The survey is best completed by council staff who have some responsibility for, or oversight of, the development and implementation of council’s waste management strategy, including illegal dumping and the prevention of asbestos exposure, or who are involved in collecting data about or evaluating relevant initiatives.

All information collected will be treated as confidential.

Early findings from the research will be presented at the Asbestos Safety and Management Conference 19-20 May 2022. A free tool kit will be available for councils later in 2022 to share learnings and help reduce illegal dumping and improper disposal of asbestos across Australia.

The survey is open until 3 June 2022.

For more information, visit: www.lga.sa.gov.au

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