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Information about how you can dispose asbestos at Somerset's recycling sites


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Asbestos can give off harmful dust particles and fibres, so must be handled with care. Cement bonded, sheet asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs) from the home can be taken to the following recycling sites for disposal.

Site staff are unable to help unload asbestos under any circumstances because of its hazardous nature.

Various everyday items can contain asbestos, including:

  • Vinyl (Marley) floor tiles and textured (Aertex) ceiling tiles
  • Insulation materials, such as airing-cupboard doors, fire doors and oven doors
  • Roofing materials, soffits, gutters and drains
  • Iron rests on old-fashioned ironing boards and fire blankets
  • Asbestos insulation boards, fire surrounds and domestic flues
  • Cement products and cold water cisterns

Charges and payment

You must pay to dispose of asbestos resulting from DIY construction and similar activities. The only exceptions to the charge are household items like old ironing boards, fire blankets or hot plates. 

The charge for disposal from 1 April 2023 is £15 per sheet or equivalent sack, with payment by credit or debit card made online. There is a disposal limit for asbestos which is 30 sheets of 6ft x 3ft (1.83m x 0.91m) or 30 rubble sacks. For vinyl tiles the limit is also 30 rubble sacks.

You must pay for disposal and phone the site in advance. You can pay by using the disposal form below.

Asbestos and plasterboard disposal form

This form has 5 pages and will take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to complete.

Please take your asbestos to your chosen site within 30 days of making payment.

Site staff will check your receipt and quantity before directing you to the correct container.


Securely double bag or wrap the asbestos in plastic (preferably clear plastic) and seal before taking it for disposal. Industrial grade heavy-duty plastic can be used. There must be no holes, rips or tears in the containment or it will be refused.

When you arrive at the recycle site, let staff know you have asbestos. They will check your receipt and quantity before directing you to the correct container. Place the wrapped asbestos (containing safety clothing and cleaning cloths) in the container.

We will only accept material that is completely contained.

If you are unable to take bonded asbestos or a storage heater to one of the designated recycling sites, you can arrange for an asbestos collection from your home for a fee. You can read about asbestos collection here.

Safety advice

Use gloves, cover exposed skin by wearing disposable overalls and wear suitable respiratory protection. Find more information on Personal Protective Equipment (including RPE). For asbestos removal advice see the Health and Safety Executive website.

Do not break, drill, scrub or saw the asbestos. You should not break up large sheets.

Storage heaters

There are seven designated recycling centres that accept cement bonded/sheet asbestos and storage heaters (which can contain asbestos).

Storage heaters should not be broken up and also need to be double bagged or wrapped (preferably in clear plastic) and sealed when taken for disposal. From April 2023 the cost for disposing of storage heaters containing asbestos is £60 per heater.

Check if your storage heater may contain asbestos and get an exemption certificate if it does not.

This form has 5 pages and will take approximately 2 to 3 minutes to complete.

If you need to dismantle a non-asbestos storage heater which contains bricks, there will be a charge to dispose of the bricks. View the on-site charges price list.

Any storage heater that cannot be identified as asbestos free must be treated as hazardous waste and paid for before depositing in the hazardous container.

Commercial or trade waste

Commercial or trade asbestos cannot be disposed of at any recycling site. Businesses must make arrangements with a commercial waste management company. If you have commercial asbestos or a large amount for disposal, contact the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association or arrange with a commercial waste management company.

A list of registered carriers can be obtained from the Environment Agency.

Last reviewed: November 24, 2023 by Adam

Next review due: May 24, 2024

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