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Asbestos-containing materials pose a health risk to humans exposed to airborne asbestos particles.

About Asbestos
Asbestos is a mineral that provides resistance to heat and corrosion. Because of these properties, it has been used in building materials (roofing and floor tiles) and vehicle brake components.

Asbestos can break apart into fibers that cause life-threatening health hazards, including cancer, to exposed people. Waste materials containing asbestos are likely to be present in the debris from demolitions, renovation or remediation sites. Asbestos also results from some industrial processes.

Asbestos Disposal
Before the Commission may dispose of asbestos-containing material, an Asbestos Disposal Form* must be completed by the customer and approved by the Commission's special waste staff.

Asbestos-containing material must be double-bagged or wrapped with a label that reads, “asbestos containing material.” The material must be packaged in a manner that eliminates hazardous dust exposure. Please speak with the Commission’s special waste staff about appropriate packaging requirements before delivery.

Asbestos Classifications
There are two basic classifications of asbestos that determine handling requirements: non-friable and friable.

Non-friable asbestos-containing material
  • This material cannot be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to a powder by hand pressure or in the course of demolition, renovation, transportation or disposal.
  • Examples of non-friable asbestos: Floor backing, gaskets, resilient floor tile, asphalt roofing, exterior siding and vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads.
  • Disposal of non-friable asbestos: Complete the Asbestos Disposal Form* and submit to the Commission's special waste staff.
Friable asbestos (regulated asbestos-containing material)
  • This material can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure, which could release breathable fibers into the atmosphere.
  • Examples of friable asbestos: Pipe insulation, ceiling and wall insulation, sprayed-on fireproofing, thermal pipe insulation and boiler coverings, ceiling tiles and damaged material that was originally non-friable.
  • Disposal of friable asbestos: Consult with the Commission’s special waste staff. Friable asbestos must meet special handling and transportation requirements and requires Commission approval for disposal.
Floor backing Pipe insulation Construction mastics
Heating and electrical ducts Acoustical plaster Electrical panel partitions
Decorative plaster Electrical cloth Textured paints/coatings
Electric wiring insulation
Ceiling tiles Lay-in panels
Spray-applied insulation
Roofing shingles
Blown-in insulation
Roofing felt
Fireproofing materials
Base flashing
Taping compounds
Thermal paper products
Packing materials
Fire doors
High-temperature gaskets
Caulking and putties
Lab hoods and tabletops Adhesives
Laboratory gloves Wallboard Fire blankets and curtains
Joint compounds Vinyl wall coverings Elevator equipment panels

Completed Asbestos Disposal Forms* may be faxed to 563-381-1301 or e-mailed to specialwaste@wastecom.com. Questions about special waste disposal may be e-mailed to specialwaste@wastecom.com or call (563) 381-1300.

For additional information visit Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center. 

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