February 23, 2019

Waste including suspected asbestos dumped in Nelson

Waste including suspected asbestos dumped in Nelson

Waste including suspected asbestos dumped in Nelson

Waste including suspected asbestos dumped in Nelson

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A THREE foot high mound of asbestos has been dumped in a Nelson street.

Residents are concerned about the dangerous substance, which a wagon tipped into Bank House Road on Wednesday, especially as there are families living nearby and a nursery.

Residents in Leeds Road say that Bank House Road, at the back of their street, has been plagued with fly tippers for years after the council knocked down the houses there.

Only a couple of houses in Bank House Road remain occupied but the surrounding streets are lived-in and despite numerous complaints to the council, residents say the problem is getting worse.

Six council workers in white protective suits attended the scene on Thursday afternoon and put a cover over the asbestos and brought a huge skip, but as yet, it has not been removed.

One resident in Leeds Road said: “This street has just been left derelict after they pulled the houses down and rubbish is being dumped here all the time. The state of it is awful. There’s grates falling down and holes all over the road. It’s awful.

“But when a wagon showed up and just tipped a load of asbestos in the road, I just couldn’t believe it. It’s getting ridiculous and I’ve complained about it a number of times.”

“It’s a massive pile of asbestos. The winds are blowing and Bradley Nursery is just there to the side of it. Who knows the damage it could cause.”

Pendle Council said that they did not know who was responsible for dumping the asbestos there but that they would return to the street to remove it completely as soon as possible.

Bradley ward councillor, Mohammed Iqbal said: “Dumping asbestos here is just despicable. There’s a lot of children in that area and a nursery school nearby and it could be dangerous.

“There is an issue in that street with fly tipping and an issue with the road itself. I am meeting on site next week with the county council to ensure that something is done about it.

“In the meantime, the council need to get the asbestos removed immediately and find out who was responsible.”


Waste including suspected asbestos dumped in Nelson

Landfill facing asbestos concerns during storm repairs in Madison County

Canastota (WSYR-TV) – The ruins of a former antique store and a karate business have been piled in a heap in Oneida since early July. The biggest obstacle to getting it cleaned up appears to be money.

“They have to truck it all the way out to Seneca Falls. That’s the nearest dump that allows it from our area,” said Heath Waterman, who owns part of the property.

He has a contractor lined up to haul away his portion of the rubble, once he has the money saved to pay for the trip.

“The fact is that we do not accept friable asbestos in the Madison County landfill,” explained Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation Director James Zecca.

Too small to handle that type of waste, the Madison County landfill is getting swamped with calls from homeowners wondering what to do with materials containing asbestos.

“With all of the storms that we’ve been having, unfortunately people’s homes have been damaged and they are doing some major renovations, and in worse case scenarios it is complete demolition of their homes,” Zecca said.

The landfill director is hoping to educate property owners about the rules. Zecca recommends a survey by state certified inspectors before any renovation work begins, identifying areas for removing friable or non-friable asbestos separately.

Zecca says powdery friable asbestos, often found on pipe insulation and various building materials, can cost up to $200 a ton to unload in other landfills. However, non-friable asbestos on floor tiles or roof shingles, among other things, is accepted at the Madison County landfill, for far less money.

An inspector will help property owners determine the difference before they start tearing a room apart, so they can contain removal of friable asbestos separately, minimizing trips to other landfills.

“Once the building is down, there is no way of identifying where the asbestos is located. So, what the state does is, they step in and say all of the debris, the total house now is considered contaminated with friable asbestos.”

There’s no proof that Waterman’s building contained friable asbestos. But, there’s also no proof it did not contain the waste. He didn’t have an updated asbestos report on record when the City of Oneida ordered an emergency demolition after the wall collapsed.

Now, as a precaution, all of the rubble is classified as possibly containing friable asbestos.

Without the money to transport the debris at the higher rate of disposal, Waterman has a mess that he hopes others can avoid.

“You’d think for something so dangerous they would have more dumps available, so you wouldn’t have to truck it two hours one way,” Waterman said.

Zecca recommends that homeowners hire professionals to handle asbestos.

Residents looking for more information about disposal can call the Madison County Recycling Hotline at 1-800-721-2208 or click here to find details online.


Landfill facing asbestos concerns during storm repairs in Madison County