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Asbestos Information

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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions. Because of this, it was used for years in commercial and industrial settings, as well as in a wide range of consumer products. Asbestos use in the United States was stopped in the late 1970s, but buildings built before then may contain asbestos.

Why is asbestos so dangerous?

When the tiny, microscopic fibers of asbestos become airborne, they can easily be inhaled. Because of their shape, the particles cling to tissues of the lungs and other areas of the respiratory system. Over time, these fibers can cause inflammation that can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Guidelines for DIY Home Remodeling

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Can I put materials containing asbestos in my drop box?

No. Materials containing asbestos require special handling and cannot go in the drop box. For detailed information on asbestos handling, click here.

Why do materials with asbestos have to be wetted and placed in special airtight plastic bags?

When products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers can become airborne and pose a health danger to anyone around. Keeping materials with asbestos wet and sealed in an airtight bag helps mitigate the risk.

What steps do I need to follow if I have a load that contains asbestos?

If you have a load containing asbestos, the first thing you need to do is have the load inspected by a licensed abatement contractor who must complete and sign the required paperwork. You also need to call Rogue Disposal & Recycling to get permission to bring your load with asbestos to the Dry Creek Landfill. Once those are completed, you can call the landfill to schedule an appointment — which is required for any load containing asbestos. Please note that loads with asbestos are only accepted at the Dry Creek Landfill and only on Wednesdays from 7:30 am to 11 am.

For questions regarding asbestos disposal, call our Main Office at 541.779.4161.

To schedule your appointment at the landfill, call 541.494.5491.

Do I need to have my demolition and remodeling material inspected for asbestos before I bring it to the Transfer Station?

Yes — and having your inspection and signed paperwork is a must before you come to the Transfer Station. Asbestos is so dangerous that it requires special handling. So an inspection by a licensed abatement contractor is required beforehand so you can be certain whether or not your materials contain asbestos.


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