Asbestos Disposal Guidelines

Asbestos is a Controlled Waste as listed in Schedule D of the Resource Recovery Regulatory Facilities Bylaw.  The Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) only accepts asbestos waste generated within the RDCK for disposal.  Asbestos must be brought to an RDCK landfill for disposal.  Transfer Stations do not accept asbestos waste of any kind.

Asbestos Disposal Process

  1. Notify the RDCK at 250.352.8161 at least 48 hours (two [2] business days) in advanced of disposing of the asbestos waste . Include your license plate number, the number of bags or size of bin requiring disposal, the source, friable or non-friable, etc.  This early notice lets the landfill prepare a safe burial trench for the waste.
  2. Wait to receive confirmation from RDCK environmental services that your appointment has been made.
  3. Asbestos waste must be double-bagged in garbage or bladder bags that are a minimum 6 mil thick, and the bags clearly labelled ‘asbestos’.  Bags must be sealed so no particles can escape.  Sealed drums are not acceptable asbestos waste containers.
  4. Pay material tipping fee and special handling fees.

What is Asbestos?

  • Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that is strong and resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. It is contained in more than 3,000 building materials made before 1990. It is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).
  • In accordance with WorkSafeBC's Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, an "asbestos-containing material" is a material that contains asbestos fibres totalling 0.5% or more by weight at the time of manufacture, or at any time as determined by specialized laboratory analysis.
  • All asbestos-containing materials must be handled with care during disposal.

Potential sources of asbestos

Materials that may be a source of asbestos include heat and noise insulation, fire-resistant materials, and cements and plasters.

Products that may contain asbestos include:

  • Roof felt and shingles
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles
  • Drywall tape and mud
  • Loose, brown insulation
  • Pipe insulation
  • Asbestos cement board siding and under sheeting
  • Boiler and furnace insulation
  • Stucco
  • Outlets and switches
  • Artificial fireplace logs and ashes
  • Roof gutters
  • Boiler and furnace
  • Insulation on electrical wires
  • Window putty
  • Textured or stippled ceiling material
  • Flooring, vinyl tiles and linoleum sheet flooring; flooring adhesive
  • Door and gasket covers
  • Gypsum board filling compound and patching and joint compound for walls and celings

If you want to dispose of material that may be asbestos-containing, you must have a certificate of analysis from an accredited laboratory from the past 30 days that show the material does not contain asbestos. Alternatively, you can treat the material as asbestos-containing and follow disposal requirements for asbestos.

Test for Asbestos

If you suspect a product contains asbestos have the product tested at an accredited laboratory and get a certificate of analysis.

Find an accredited laboratory at:

Why Test for Asbestos?

Asbestos testing is relatively inexpensive and can save you money at the Landfill. Each test costs starting between $25 to $50; depending on how soon you want the results. If the laboratory determines that your material does not contain asbestos, you have proof that you can dispose of the material as garbage. The rate for garbage disposal may be significantly cheaper than the rate for asbestos burial.

Certificate of Analysis

Your certificate of analysis must be from an accredited laboratory, be from within the past 30 days, and include a minimum of the following information:

  • Contact Name
  • Analyst Name
  • Client Name
  • Sample ID
  • Asbestos type
  • Asbestos amount
  • Analytical method
  • Material type tested

***If the analysis shows that the product does not contain asbestos, prepare and dispose of it as garbage at the landfill within 30 days of the test. Bring the results with you to the landfill.



The content on this page was last updated July 2 2019 at 12:33 PM