Asbestos represents a group of naturally occurring, fibrous minerals that were used in the past to add strength and longevity to building and insulating materials and provide soundproofing and fire resistance.
According to Health Canada, until the early 1990s, industry, construction, and commercial sectors used asbestos in products such as:
- cement and plaster
- industrial furnaces and heating systems
- building insulation
- floor and ceiling tiles
- house siding
- car and truck brake pads
- vehicle transmission components, such as clutches
Since 1990, however, use of asbestos has been phased out across Canada based on the negative health impacts caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District follows specific safety protocols for managing known asbestos-containing materials at our landfill sites. Asbestos waste is a hazardous material and must never be included in your household garbage.
The TNRD adheres to WorkSafe BC requirements, and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, to safely dispose of known asbestos-containing material. Current disposal requirements for customers include:
- booking appointments for disposal at least 24 hours in advance of intended disposal
- ensuring all asbestos-containing material is contained in double-bagged and sealed six-millimetre plastic bags
- presenting the landfill scale attendant with a completed Hazardous Waste Manifest (for loads in excess of 1,000kg)
- disposal of the asbestos-containing material in the designated area of the landfill
- materials containing asbestos are not accepted at transfer stations or eco-depots
All asbestos-containing waste is immediately covered with 0.5 metres of soil to prevent future potential exposure.
To further protect workers and landfill customers from potential exposure to asbestos, the TNRD, in partnership with the City of Kamloops, committed to implementing a process for introducing inspections of residential and commercial loads of waste construction materials. This process is intended to identify and address loads of waste construction material that have the potential to contain asbestos.
If you're a homeowner or business planning a renovation that may be at risk of containing asbestos, please refer to WorkSafeBC's comprehensive guide to Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos.