Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in the past as a building material for sound and heat insulation, fire-proofing, and other construction purposes. Under E.U. legislation, the placing on the market of asbestos and asbestos-containing products is prohibited, and you can no longer buy or re-use asbestos products in Ireland. However, many older houses and buildings in Ireland still contain asbestos products that were mainly used as insulation, fire-proofing, roofing and flooring materials.
If asbestos-containing material is present in a building or structure, this does not necessarily mean that it must be removed. It may sometimes be a safer option to maintain the asbestos in place, rather than to remove or disturb the material, and thus increase the risk of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. Asbestos must always be removed before a building is demolished, to prevent the risk of the fibres spreading and contaminating the surrounding area.
Removal & Disposal of Asbestos
Asbestos removal and disposal is a complex and potentially hazardous procedure that should only be undertaken by a specialist contractor with an appropriate Waste Collection Permit. While many waste collectors have Permits, they are often not allowed to accept hazardous materials such as asbestos. Always confirm that a waste contractor possesses the correct Permit before engaging them to remove asbestos - you can also check with your local authority to ensure that a particular company has a valid Waste Collection Permit. Please remember that it is an offence to hand over waste to an unauthorised waste collector.
Please note that asbestos waste material cannot be accepted at Ballyogan Recycling Park or any other Council facility.
Disposal of Asbestos Waste
The following list is a selection of companies dealing in the collection and disposal of asbestos waste. This information is intended for contact purposes only and does not purport to be a definitive list of service providers. This information is correct at the time of compilation, but may be subject to change without notice. The inclusion of any company, organisation or individual should not be regarded as an endorsement by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council. Please note that the Council does not recommend any particular contractor. As prices for professional asbestos removal or surveying can vary significantly, several contractors should be contacted in order to obtain different job quotes.