Disposing of asbestos-containing drywall can be one of the most complicated aspects of your renovation. Since WorkSafeBC implemented new regulations in 2015 preventing waste transfer stations from accepting drywall, without a date stamp or asbestos test report, homeowners and contractors have been struggling to dispose of drywall. Unfortunately, that means more and more drywall continues to be dumped illegally on the side of the roads. We are licensed by the Ministry of Environment to accept and dispose of asbestos-containing drywall. We have a complete facility with 34 bins, 4 trucks and an 80-ft drive-over scale dedicated to the collection and disposal of asbestos-containing drywall.
Asbestos which is a naturally occurring mineral found in trace amounts throughout the world, was a popular building material between 1950 and 1990. It often had many applications such as roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement products and drywall.
Until 1990, the tape and joint compound (known as mud), that was used to seal the seams and fill gaps between drywall boards may have contained asbestos. Since the mud is feathered to cover large areas with a smooth finish, the entire piece of drywall should be treated as containing asbestos.
If your property was built or renovated before 1990 it is likely that some parts of the building will contain asbestos.
Disposing of drywall properly is a process but it doesn't have to be a headache.
Schedule an appointment and start the paperwork
Bring the waste to our facility in Surrey, BC
We haul the waste out of province to the appropriate landfill
Note: the drywall must be double bagged in 6-mil polyethylene asbestos labelled bags with a UN9 classification placard. We provide these bags for a fee and they can also be purchased at Hazmasters. Unfortunately, bags from Home Depot do not meet WorkSafeBC's regulations and therefore are not accepted by us.
BAGGING & DISPOSAL
Asbestos is very serious and should be handled with caution. If you do remove the drywall on your own, please consider the following when bagging the waste:
Waste must be double bagged in 6-mil polyethylene asbestos labelled bags
Bags must be gooseneck tied with no drywall dust remaining on the exterior of bag
Maximum weight for each bag is 15 kgs or 33 lbs, anything over will have a surcharge
A manifest movement document is required by the government to transport the drywall waste
Waste greater than 1,000 kgs requires a BC Hazardous Waste Generator (BCG) number from the Ministry of Environment
*When determining how many bags to purchase, please consider that one 15 kg bag will hold roughly 26 sq.ft. of drywall. These bags can be purchased at our facility prior to pick-up or drop-off.