The only way to be sure that asbestos is properly removed from your Calgary commercial property is to hire the services of a professional asbestos remediation company. In that way you will be sure that all of the regulations and guidelines will be followed and that the persons who are removing the materials will be properly geared and trained. Here are some of the things a company will need to handle.
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To start, the City will need to issue a permit. The form is available online. Once the required fields are completed, it can be forwarded to the email on their website. The application will be reviewed and if approved, a permit will be issued at no cost and will be valid for up to one year.
Asbestos materials can only be disposed of at Shepard Landfill. In addition to the permit, the landfill will require an appointment and a fee will need to be paid. The site is open between Monday and Friday 8:00 a.m. To 1:30 p.m. and is closed on holidays. The appointment must be scheduled 24 hours before your intended disposal date. The scheduling window closes at 1:30 p.m. The landfill will confirm your appointment by email. When you appear at the landfill, you will need to present printed copies of the permit and the confirmation email. Check the website for the current fees.
Before you unload your debris, all of the materials will be inspected for safety. Friable and rigid asbestos must be double-bagged in polyethylene sheets that are at least 6 mils thick. Friable asbestos must be wetted before bagging. All bags and bladders must be double-wrapped and sealed securely with duct tape or a similar product. The maximum size of a bin is 40 cubic yards and the maximum size of a bladder is 20 cubic yards.
The concrete pipe that contains asbestos must be double-wrapped in polyethylene at least 6 mils thick and completely sealed. The pipe must be handled in a manner that will not have any affect on the wrapping. The City has a list of pre-approved methods.
During the pre-unloading inspection, the materials will be carefully scrutinized for any openings, rips, tears, or breaks in the seals. This includes unbagged waste and waste that is not asbestos. Also, if the materials are not wrapped properly or you did not use polyethylene at least 6 mils thick, the load will be turned away and you will not be allowed to dump it in the landfill. In some cases, the load will be accepted but you will be charged an additional amount because the materials are hard to handle.
You can check the website for all of the details. Or, you can simply hire a company that is trained and prepared for the disposal of hazardous materials, including asbestos. Yes, there will be a charge in addition to the City fees but when dealing with a commercial building, you can consider this a business expense. More importantly, you will be avoiding the risk of inhaling the asbestos particles yourself or exposing others to the dangers. This is the far better and more realistic choice when dealing with asbestos remediation.