Anger over dumping of ‘highly toxic’ asbestos

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A PARISH councillor has protested that the dumping of “highly toxic” asbestos in his village is “disgusting”.

Piles of asbestos have been found in three separate locations in and around Bishampton in recent weeks, leaving people concerned.

A dozen sheets of asbestos roofing were dumped in Broad Lane along with a similar amount near Shorthorn Wood. A further pile was left in Throckmorton Road by the entrance to the rubbish tip.

Parish councillor Rodney Hodgkins said: “It’s disgusting. We’ve had stuff dumped in the village before and haven’t seen a prosecution. Obviously some people were doing a roofing job and dumping it.

“I think it’s terrible. People should be aware this is a highly carcinogenic material which is just being dumped in the village by some ne'er-do- wells who just don’t care a whit for people or the material they are handling.

“These are people who really have no social conscience at all who go around dumping this sort of stuff. It makes the place look a mess and is highly toxic.”

A spokesman for Wychavon District Council said they would have to call in specialists to remove the toxic waste but it is hoped it will be taken away this week.

Dave Roberts, Wychavon’s environmental crime officer, said: “We need to stop this irresponsible behaviour. If you see anyone dumping rubbish, ring us on our Environmental crime hotline on 01386 565018. Evidence is vital to helping us prosecute the perpetrators.”

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6:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Highly toxic, what rot.

The FIBRES in asbestos sheeting are dangerous if breathed in but not if handled normally. You are allowed to take it to your local dump if you are a resident so unless you are planning to smash it up and snort it you have nothing to worry about.

Sometimes people should check their facts before trying to cause an unneeded panic.
Highly toxic, what rot. The FIBRES in asbestos sheeting are dangerous if breathed in but not if handled normally. You are allowed to take it to your local dump if you are a resident so unless you are planning to smash it up and snort it you have nothing to worry about. Sometimes people should check their facts before trying to cause an unneeded panic. Hwicce

9:03am Sat 7 Dec 13

green49 says...

Totally agree Hwicce, if its carefully bagged up then the local tip will take it, it just needs a bit of common sense in handling ie; gloves and face mask if your not sure.
Totally agree Hwicce, if its carefully bagged up then the local tip will take it, it just needs a bit of common sense in handling ie; gloves and face mask if your not sure. green49

11:36am Sat 7 Dec 13

pinkfluff says...

Classic WN photo pose, I'm so pleased he is pointing to the rubbish because I would never have put two and two together.
Classic WN photo pose, I'm so pleased he is pointing to the rubbish because I would never have put two and two together. pinkfluff

12:53am Mon 9 Dec 13

Brummagem Bertie says...

Asbestos cement sheeting in good condition, handled properly, is pretty safe, it is true.

The material that is the subject of this story, however, has been damaged and broken up. There is a much higher chance of asbestos fibres being released, therefore, especially if some of the local children were to pick it up to use as a den, for instance.

Dumping it in this way is highly irresponsible and definitely anti-social and I do not blame residents for being angry.
Asbestos cement sheeting in good condition, handled properly, is pretty safe, it is true. The material that is the subject of this story, however, has been damaged and broken up. There is a much higher chance of asbestos fibres being released, therefore, especially if some of the local children were to pick it up to use as a den, for instance. Dumping it in this way is highly irresponsible and definitely anti-social and I do not blame residents for being angry. Brummagem Bertie
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