Like other materials that contain asbestos, safely removing it is just half the battle with the issue of asbestos tile disposal still looming.
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 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.
Costs for Disposing of Asbestos Materials
Costs will vary across the US 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.
You also may be able to save money if removing the tile yourself by having a licensed asbestos abatement contractor remove and dispose of the waste for you. They’re also typically more knowledgeable about approved dump locations and procedures and can sometimes roll your waste into their larger loads for a smaller fee to you than you’d pay taking it in yourself.
Tips for Asbestos Tile Disposal
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 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.