Landfill changes rules on accepting drywall in Parksville Qualicum Beach region

"Our biggest concern is that customers don't know the regulations," said the Regional District of Nanaimo's Maggie Warren

The Regional District of Nanaimo is imposing tougher restrictions on some of the more than 800 tonnes of asbestos waste it receives every year.

Adapting to changes from WorkSafe B.C., the RDN landfill in Cedar will now only accept drywall that is clearly marked or coded as being post 1980 said Maggie Warren, RDN Superintendent Scale and Transfer Service. “Asbestos is pretty much the only hazardous material we accept, we don’t take lead-based paints or other dangerous liquids,” she said.

Asbestos was common in construction materials like insulation, cement pipe and wall boards before 1990. According to the RDN, it poses little risk while in good condition, but once the fine fibres deteriorate it can cause serious lung problems, including lung diseases or cancer. Asbestos material accounted for 1.8 per cent of their tonnage last year and is up to 3.5 per cent so far this year, with about 40 per cent of that coming from the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

“Our biggest concern is that customers don’t know the regulations,” Warren said, adding they have a lot of information on their website (www.rdn.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=2783).

The NEWS was contacted by a frustrated resident after she tried to drop off a small piece of drywall that didn’t have the required date markings and worries that will mean some of the dangerous material will be dumped in the wilderness. To dispose of known asbestos material you can contact various certified companies, Warren said, or get special bags from the landfill and then drop off the sealed material, by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you are unsure of any asbestos contamination you must have it tested by a certified lab and bring the results with you to the landfill. The material can only be dropped off at the landfill in Cedar, not at the Church Road Transfer Station in Errington.

Just Posted

Woodyatt seeks help to pursue physics education in London

Ballenas Secondary product gets accepted to prestigious university in United Kingdom

Solar system spending, asbestos removal in SD69 plan

Green house gas emission report received at May 22 board meeting

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

VIDEO: Meet some of the Vancouver Island Tribute Festival performers

The NEWS speaks with Elvis, Liberace tribute artists and others before they go on parade

Passersby help rescue occupants of home as fire breaks out in Courtenay

Coffee run turns into fire rescue for pair of men

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Five simultaneous events organized by month-old Suits and Boots lobby group

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

B.C.’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

RCMP investigating after gunshots fired in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating after gunshots rang out in Courtenay… Continue reading

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The dispatcher literally taught me CPR over the phone’

Most Read