Asbestos disposal – New and exciting methods

Asbestos disposal

In this blog, we are talking about some exciting developments with regards to the disposal of asbestos.

We recently went to a conference in Birmingham which was attended by lots of people from our industry. Delegates shared new techniques, best practice and innovations and there were a lot of interesting seminars.

One of the seminars, led by Dr Yvonne Waterman, of the European Asbestos Forum,

was about asbestos denaturalisation. Currently, asbestos gets removed and bagged up or racked appropriately, and is then taken to a waste transfer station or straight to landfill and gets buried in the ground.

This is not creating a nice legacy for future generations. Over the years, we have exported asbestos from different countries and created millions of tonnes of asbestos products and to date, all the asbestos waste has gone to landfill. However, there are some exciting innovations on the horizon.

Chemical eradication

One of the innovations on the way that sounds the most promising is chemical eradication. Basically, asbestos cement products are put into a vat of acid to break down the asbestos. Once the asbestos has been broken down, it creates a bi-product and the chemical reaction destroys the asbestos fibres in it. You are left with materials that can then be reused by the construction industry.

Thermal eradication

In this process, asbestos is heated up to over 1,500 degrees and basically it gets to a certain temperature where the asbestos breaks down and becomes inert. Again, the leftover bi-product is an inner material which can be used and re-used. This has been trialled in America where it has been used in roads. This process hasn’t been introduced here yet because the UK hasn’t found a cost-effective way of bringing the method here.

Kinetic eradication

Huge machines containing big balls of materials rotate and the kinetic energy which is created destroys anything that is inside. Anything put in there is broken down to the point of no return – the fibres are completely destroyed.

Biological eradication

Apparently, there is a biological way of breaking down asbestos. This seems to be predominately linked with chrysotile and cement products. Fungus is used to eat the material away but the trouble with this is that it takes years to do.

We’re a professional asbestos consultancy helping businesses deal with asbestos compliance using asbestos surveysasbestos testing, and asbestos removal management. Please call one of the team, or use the online form to obtain your free quotation. If you would like further information or advice on asbestos and asbestos training, contact the team on 0844 818 0895 or email info@acorn-as.com

Neil Munro

I work in a dual role at Acorn Analytical Services focused primarily on growing and leading the business from our Northampton office base. My focus is on overseeing all sales, marketing and financial activities from Northampton. I assist clients with high-level asbestos management strategies and training. Together with Ian Stone I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I'm Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

Need Help? Request a Call Back

Request a call back from one of our expert Asbestos Consultants who will help you identify what you need

More Asbestos Articles

Asbestos Sample Testing 1

Unusual Uses of Asbestos

Although widely acknowledged as a hazardous building material, there has been a multitude of unusual uses of asbestos throughout its history. Some may have practical foundations, whereas others seem more sublime. This article explores the variety of uses of asbestos throughout the centuries. Beauty Asbestos has previously been used in several health and beauty products … Read more

mesothelioma image

The Potential Lethality of Asbestos

The Potential Lethality of Asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that has a rich history in the UK. It was used regularly in buildings between the 1950s and the late 1990s. Asbestos that is well maintained, not disturbed or damaged is much less of a risk to health. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) reports that … Read more

IMG 0639

What you need to know about Asbestos & CLASP Buildings

Are you aware of the risk relating to Asbestos & CLASP Buildings? CLASP (which stands for Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme) system was a scheme developed in the 1950s through to the 1980s, by English local authorities to devise a method of designing and assembling prefabricated buildings for use in the public sector. CLASP … Read more

DSCF0564 e1431533668372

Acorn Launch New Asbestos Testing Laboratory

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new asbestos sample testing laboratory. With an extension to scope on our UKAS accreditation we now have a fully operational asbestos laboratory in Northampton (See our location). The purpose fitted laboratory has two asbestos bulk analysis stations with room for two further stations in the future. Our … Read more

school

Asbestos Excluded From Schools Surveys

The Education Funding Agency has recent published the result of the Property Data Survey Programme. A schools survey programme where asbestos was excluded from the information collected. This schools survey programme consisted of a series of high-level surveys of educational establishments in England. The schools surveys were to provide detailed information on the condition of the … Read more

asbestos through a scope

Should you be concerned about asbestos?

Blunt question – Should you bother with asbestos or be concerned about asbestos? Asbestos is an emotive word, it brings some people out in cold sweats and other say it’s all a load of fuss about nothing.  Regardless of your current opinion let’s look at whether you should deal with any asbestos issues you may … Read more

mesothelioma image

Increase in Mesothelioma deaths

The Health and Safety Executive has just published the mesothelioma statistics for 2012.  These are the latest figures relating to this disease. The numbers have significantly increased from the previous published figures, showing an increase in Mesothelioma deaths.   Mesothelioma used to be a relatively rare cancer. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the … Read more

DSCF0017

Asbestos Compliance in Schools

Asbestos Compliance In Schools – HSE have released their latest findings This latest asbestos project undertaken by the HSE was a programme aimed at assessing asbestos compliance in schools.  The assessment was questionnaire based and was specifically designed to collect information regarding compliance with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. The schools assessed were independent or … Read more

An asbestos refurbishment survey in action in Northampton

Asbestos Survey Reports

Do you know what should be in an asbestos survey report? In this article I will outline what information should be provided if the survey has been carried out in line with the HSE guidance document HSG 264. Whilst it is not a legal requirement to have an asbestos survey carried out, it is a … Read more

which asbestos survey

Which Asbestos Survey Do I Need?

Navigating the complexities of asbestos management is a critical responsibility for property managers. From identifying the right asbestos survey to selecting a proficient surveyor, our guide provides a comprehensive roadmap. Learn about the three primary types of asbestos surveys – management, refurbishment, and demolition – and understand how to respond effectively if you suspect the presence of asbestos in your building. Partner with experts like Acorn Analytical Services to ensure safety and compliance at every step.