In many states asbestos tile cannot be put into your normal trash or dumped at many landfills, as only certain landfills and waste disposal companies will accept asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).
This means that any waste such as asbestos ceiling tiles or asbestos tile flooring not only needs to be properly bagged and labeled but it also must by law be disposed of properly, with stiff penalties and fines for anyone caught illegally dumping asbestos material.
Removing asbestos is just one step in the process, as material must be properly disposed of and new tile or flooring will also need to be installed.
Costs for Asbestos Tile Disposal
Costs will vary across the U.S. when it comes to asbestos tile disposal but typically it’s about twice what is charged for dumping the same amount of normal material.Charges can be by the ton or by the cubic yard depending on how the particular landfill operates.
Each state generally keeps a list of landfills that accept ACMs with contact information so be sure to check around in regards to fees, as it’s not a one-size-fits all pricing structure.
If a contractor is performing the removal, the price of disposal should be included in the bid.
Make certain that disposal fees are included before work begins or you could be in for an expensive shock when the project is wrapping up.
Tips for Asbestos Tile Disposal
If you’re tackling asbestos tile removal yourself, make sure you understand all aspects of how the old tile and flooring must be bagged and labeled, as you otherwise run the risk of being turned away at the dump if you show up unprepared.
Some landfills have different policies depending on the type of material, with friable material handled differently than non-friable material.
Tile is almost always of the non-friable type — like siding and other materials that aren’t fragile enough to be crushed to dust under hand pressure — so be sure you know the policies and procedures for the type of material that you’ll be bringing in.
Health Risks of Asbestos Tile Disposal
Disposing of flooring and tile isn’t any more or less risky than dealing with other asbestos materials but you’ll still need to follow basic safety precautions.
Any material should be wetted down thoroughly and double bagged in 6 ml contractor bags or equivalent plastic sheeting that’s securely wrapped and taped around material.
Always try to keep the material as intact as possible when removing and carefully place in disposal bags in order to minimize the chance of fibers being released into the air.
Be sure to always use the proper safety equipment when working with any material that might contain asbestos and use a properly rated respirator at all times.