Improper asbestos dumping sparks warning

The Rockhampton Regional Council is reminding residents to take more care after suspected asbestos was improperly dumped at a council site.

Council found suspected asbestos dumped at the Laurel Bank Roadside Bin Station six times last week.

Councillor Neil Fisher says the quantity suggests the material is from a building site.

"Either a home renovator or a builder that are taking off fibro sheet or asbestos cement sheet off a building site but rather than going to Rockhampton landfill and disposing of them appropriately, what's happening is they're actually coming in and just dumping them straight on the ground in the bin station," he said.

He says people unsure should speak to council's waste disposal staff.

"If you've got a query and you're not quite sure if that material that you're taking to the dump could be suspected of being asbestos or not, just enquire at the waste station," he said.

"The council staff are very, very helpful and will give you the advice that you need."

Posted Monday 12th August 2013