Asbestos and hazardous waste
This page contains information on types of hazardous waste, and the precautions that must be taken to remove and transport asbestos to locations of disposal.
Asbestos is a hazardous substance which presents a potential health risk.
Before removing asbestos from a site you should be aware of the requirements of the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992. These regulations set out requirements for the removal of asbestos, such as wrapping asbestos in polyurethane plastic, to prevent asbestos fibers from entering the atmosphere.
Please refer to the Department of Health website for more information on asbestos cement products in your home.
Unfortunately, the only way to determine whether you have asbestos on your property is through laboratory testing. If you are not sure, always treat the material like it is asbestos.
Another option is to engage the services of a Worksafe licensed contractor to remove the asbestos for you. A WorkSafe licensed contractor must be used if the amount of asbestos is over 10 square metres.
For further information regarding asbestos removal in the home please visit the Asbestos removal page.
Waste management facilities accepting asbestos
When removing asbestos and household hazardous waste, the nearest transfer station to Subiaco is Jim McGeough Resource Recovery Facility, located on the corner of Brockway Road and Lemnos Street, Mount Claremont.
Please note that there are certain requirements in relation to the disposal of asbestos at this site, for more information on these guidelines please refer to the Western Metropolitan Regional Council website.
For more locations of disposal please refer to waste management facilities (PDF, 91KB)
Household hazardous waste information
Household hazardous waste products can cause harm to the environment and to personal health, so it’s important to know the right ways to dispose of them. Because of their dangerous properties, you can’t dispose of them in your green waste bin, recycling bin or even your bulk verge collection. However, some of this waste can be recycled if disposed of correctly.
Types of household hazardous waste:
- batteries (lead-acid and dry-cell - please note that dry-cell batteries can also be dropped off at Subiaco Library, Bunnings Homebase Subiaco and Lords Recreation Centre)
- compact fluorescent lights and tubes (globes and tubes can be dropped off at Lords Recreation Centre, whilst globes only can be dropped off at Subiaco Library)
- engine coolants and glycols
- fire extinguishers (non-halon only)
- flammable liquids (e.g. fuels and hydrocarbons)
- flammable solids
- general household chemicals (e.g. cleaning products)
- heavy metal compounds
- inorganic oxidising agents (e.g. pool chlorine)
- smoke detectors
- mercury (e.g. thermometres)
- organic peroxides
- paint (for home tips on disposing of paint, read the APMF brochure)
- PCB materials (e.g. transformers, generators, capacitors, fluorescent light fittings, electric motors, ceiling fans and dishwasher assembled prior to 1980)
Commercial hazardous waste information
For all commercial hazardous waste enquiries call the city on (08) 9237 9254.
Transportation and disposal of household hazardous waste
There is a permanent drop-off site for household hazardous waste at the Jim McGeough Resource Recovery Facility, located on the corner of Brockway Road and Lemnos Street, Mount Claremont.
There are a number of safety precautions you should follow when transporting chemicals to the Resource Recovery Centre:
- Keep chemicals in their original containers.
- Ensure lids are tightly fitted.
- Place containers of liquids in a tray or plastic bucket so that they do not spill or fall.
- Pack powders and solids securely.
- Keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons.
- Keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away for other materials.
- Protect taps on drums so that the tap does not break off.
- Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous materials.
- Double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking.
For more information, visit the Western Metropolitan Regional Council's website.
Poisons Information Centre
In case of suspected poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.