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Removing, transporting and disposing of asbestos can be dangerous. You must manage asbestos waste the right way.  

How to remove asbestos 

The safest way to remove asbestos is to use a licensed asbestos removalist.  

A licensed asbestos removalist must: 

If your business decides to remove asbestos without a licensed asbestos removalist, follow guidance from Asbestos in Victoria.   

How to transport commercial asbestos  

To transport commercial asbestos, you must:        

  • transport the asbestos to a licensed landfill
  • have a waste transport certificate unless working under a special classification. 

Licences to store asbestos

To store asbestos temporarily, you may need an EPA works approval and licence.

If you have a transfer station or other depot, you need to register your site with us, unless you are exempt.

Licence exemptions to store asbestos

In some circumstances, you may not need a works approval or licence to store asbestos.

You can store asbestos for less than 60 days if it is: 

  • less than 10 m3 
  • double wrapped  
  • non friable

It must also be stored at a site that is:

  • permitted under a planning scheme made under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to be used as a transfer station, and which is allowed to accept asbestos
  • used as a public utility depot and is storing asbestos waste that has been generated by the public utility. The site must be at least 100 m away from homes, health services, childcare and education centres. A public utility depot is a storage site which energy and water corporations use.

The asbestos waste then needs to be transported to a site which is licensed by EPA to receive it.

If you believe you are eligible for the exemption described above, apply for temporary storage of asbestos waste through the EPA Interaction Portal.

Landfills that accept asbestos  

Landfills can accept domestic or commercial asbestos, or both. Search for your nearest landfill that accepts asbestos.  

Laws about asbestos waste  

More about asbestos  

More about managing waste

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Composting guidance for operators

How to manage clinical and related waste

How to manage construction and demolition waste

How to manage dangerous good wastes

Energy from waste guidance

How to manage e-waste

Glass reprocessing guidance

Hazardous waste management

Temporary storage of prescribed industrial waste (PIW)

Transporting prescribed industrial waste (PIW)

Used packaging materials

How to store waste tyres

Reviewed 9 December 2021