Mayor Dobie warns of illegal asbestos dumping dangers

SOUTHERN Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie is worried residents are not fully aware of the dangers of asbestos.

The Glen Aplin and Pozieres waste facilities were closed in September due to illegal dumping of asbestos containing material (ACM).

“We have had situations where it has been disposed of possibly accidentally,” Cr Dobie said.

“There are situations that the environmental staff have found in their facilities where the asbestos has been hidden in the facility… indicating that it has been deliberately disposed of illegally.” Cr Dobie said the illegal disposal of ACM indicated a need for better education.

Her message is timely as this week is Asbestos Awareness Week and SDRC has jumped on board the Queensland Government Workplace Health and Safety campaign to help educate locals about safely working with ACM.

She said the campaign targeted three groups: professional house renovators, residents who found ACM while renovating and residents unaware they were working with ACM.

“We rely on and trust those who are doing the work professionally to do the right thing,” she said.

“If you dump it illegally then you are putting other people at risk and that is unfair, regardless of what the cost may be to you of disposing of it properly.” ACM must be transported to Warwick Waste Facility. Stanthorpe waste facility will start accepting small quantities in December.

Article originally appeared in Daily News, Warwick QLD.

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