Asbestos Disposal

Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year.

Disposal of asbestos is best done by using a licensed contractor.

Small amounts of hard-bonded asbestos from residential property will be accepted at the following Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs): 

  • Kendal

  • Barrow

  • Carlisle 

  • Wigton

  • Penrith 

  • Workington

  • Frizington

The maximum that will be accepted on any day is four sheets per visit, and up to 3 visits making a total of up to 12 sheets or bags in a short period of time (dimensions of sheets: to be no longer than 6ft due to skip size). 

All asbestos must be double wrapped/bagged and sealed prior to arriving at the site to prevent any loose fibres from escaping. Residents bringing asbestos are advised to call the site ahead of their visit to confirm if the site can accept the load as storage capacity for asbestos at the recycling centre is restricted so please contact the site you intend to use before you go. The contact details are available on the individual recycling centre's page

Do not break up asbestos sheets as this could release fibres which are a hazard to health.

Before starting any work that may disturb asbestos, you must ensure that you have had the correct level of information:

If you need to deal with more than a few sheets of hard-bonded asbestos or any fibrous asbestos you should contact a specialist contractor. If you need advice about dealing with asbestos on your own residential property please contact your local district council.  

We do not advise that anyone should break up their asbestos and if the waste exceeds the limits of what can be accepted at the HWRC then please telephone the helpline 0300 003 1118