In Finland, asbestos was used in building materials from the 1920s to the 1990s, for example, in roof and facade materials, building boards, pipe insulation, fillers, paints, adhesives, fastening and jointing mortars, plastic carpets, and tiles. Waste suspected to contain asbestos is classified as asbestos for safety reasons. Examples include Minerit slabs, Toja/Tojax slabs, Luja slabs.
Larger loads exceeding 2 m3 are accepted only at the Karanoja waste treatment site. Loads under 2 m3 are accepted at all our waste treatment sites.
Packages and loads containing asbestos waste must always be marked with clearly discernible text: “Asbestos waste. Hazardous to inhale.” If the deliverer is a company, the package must also include the name of the company.
Asbestos waste must not create dust when unloading. Inadequately packed, dusty asbestos waste is not accepted. On the other hand, dust-free asbestos waste does not need to be packed. Asbestos waste can be packed, for example, in durable bags that are placed in cardboard boxes whose seams are reinforced with duct tape, in tightly sealed, durable sacks, or in barrels with lids and band closures.
Due to the significant health risk posed by asbestos, we do not oblige our employees to assist customers in unloading asbestos waste. This is to minimise employees’ exposure to asbestos dust.