There will be a trial of the Householders’ Asbestos Disposal Scheme next month across 24 councils, including Hawkesbury, Holroyd, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Auburn, Blacktown, and Fairfield.
The scheme will trial cheaper and easier disposal for small amounts of wrapped bonded asbestos from home renovators.
‘‘The limit for an individual under the asbestos trial scheme is five tonnes and is based on the average house in western Sydney built in the 1950’s having four tonnes of asbestos,’’ Environment Minister Rob Stokes said.
The western Sydney trial, carried out by the NSW EPA, will commence at the end of July.
The scheme is part of the state government’s commitment to reduce illegal dumping and enhance waste services across NSW.
There will be an incentive of up to $50 per tonne for registered residents who dispose of wrapped bonded asbestos at the nominated landfill. The EPA will also waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in these trial areas to see if there’s a change in illegal dumping incidents.
“Illegal dumping is costly to clean up and potentially harmful to human health and the environment,’’ Mr Stokes said.
Results will be independently analysed by research and evaluation experts to inform the state government on the best approach to reduce the dumping of asbestos waste.