Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used in building materials for many years, but has been recognized as a significant potential health hazard. Before your remodel or demolish any portion of your home, for the protection of your family’s health and that of your workers, you should know if you have any building materials likely to contain asbestos.
If you do not have an asbestos expert on your work crew, we recommend that you contact Brian McNalley (707) 465-0426 ext. 361 of the Del Norte County Health Department to confirm that your materials are non-friable.
The health hazard associated with asbestos is that when broken or crushed, asbestos-containing products can release microscopic fibers which can be inhaled and cause severe irritation to lung tissue. Friable asbestos is brittle, and can readily release these microscopic fibers. Friable asbestos must be removed by licensed contractors, and it can be difficult for an untrained person to determine if a material is friable or not. To be sure whether your materials are asbestos, friable or not, Authority staff recommend you consult with the Del Norte Health Department at 465-0426. There is no legal location for disposal of friable asbestos in Del Norte County.
The Del Norte County Transfer Station accepts non-friable asbestos, but these materials must first be placed in two layers of special extra-thick plastic bags that are sold by Hambro/WSG at the Del Norte County Transfer Station. For more information about the Authority’s non-friable asbestos acceptance policy , contact the Authority’s Director Tedd Ward at 465-1100.