Dumped asbestos

Although asbestos is widely known as a dangerous substance, illegal transport and dumping of asbestos still occurs.

The community has a role to play in reporting pollution, environmental hazards or other activities potentially harmful to health or the environment.

Councils are responsible for dealing with materials, including asbestos, that have been dumped in public areas within their municipality. If you see asbestos dumped in your local area, contact your local council environmental health officer who will arrange for removal and disposal of the dumped material.

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The environmental health officer may also contact the EPA who will investigate if the dumped material came from a trade or commercial activity. The EPA has powers under the Environment Protection Act to prosecute if they find those responsible for dumping the material.

If you see asbestos dumped outside your local area at locations not licensed to receive asbestos, this should be reported via the EPA's 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).