Many houses built in the 40's and 50's were clad with a very hardy type Asbestos shingle. Today, we remodel a bunch of these old homes and occasionally need to do something with these old shingles because there is much damage and need to be matched or removed and re-sided with something different. If removal is the only option, the disposal of the Asbestos material is an issue. In my state, and I suspect in many others, there are certified landfills that are authorized to take Asbestos and certain other toxic wastes as long as they are "packaged" correctly and "handled" correctly. A few years ago, I completely demolished an old roadside motel that had this stuff for siding and roofing. I called the disposal company and they told me that it was no problem, I could remove the stuff myself (no sawing or scoring could be done that would cause dust particles). They dropped a low-boy dumpster at the site, we lined the entire inside with heavy plastic and let it hang out about 10' all around. After we filled the dumpster with the shingles, we simply wrapped them all up like a burrito and they came and picked it up and hauled it to the landfill. Pretty painless. Now, just to make sure I was complying with all the regulations, I went to the City and got a demo permit and explained to them what was going on and they agreed with the disposal company. I also had a friend that worked for an environmental testing firm confirm these methods. All agreed.
We did the work.
We didn't raise any dust!
Something good to know, if you do a lot of remodeling!
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