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Asbestos
& contaminated soil

Services

Averda has years of experience in the removal, transportation, and safe disposal of various types of asbestos and asbestos-contaminated materials. Whether you are a mining operation or require an approved disposal solution for waste removed during demolition or renovation, we can help.

Due to its insulation and fire-resistant properties, asbestos was used extensively during the twentieth century in construction and insulation. Nowadays its carcinogenic properties and dangers to human health are well understood, and its management is highly regulated under section 20 of the Environmental Conservation Act, 1989.

Averda provides end-to-end service to clients requiring the removal, transport and safe disposal of asbestos.

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Why choose Averda for asbestos & contaminated soil

  • Licensed

    Averda is a registered asbestos contractor in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended and the Asbestos Regulations.

  • Safety first

    Our qualified project managers have years of experience in safely managing asbestos removal projects and meeting every element of health and safety certification requirements meeting every health and safety certification requirement including, but not limited to ensuring appropriate personal protective equipment, operating according to a detailed scope of works, and regular air and soil sampling.

  • Transportation

    As a registered hazardous waste transporter, Averda is able and ready to securely transport asbestos of any nature or volume to our disposal site, taking care to adhere to policy requirements to ensure no fibres are spread into the environment en route.

  • Ultimate disposal

    We own and operate the Vlakfontein Class A Landfill site in Gauteng, one of just a handful of registered highly hazardous landfill sites in South Africa suitable for asbestos disposal. At every stage we work closely with our clients and the regulatory authorities to prevent the harmful effects of asbestos fibres.

How does it work?

Understanding your asbestos requirements

Our experts visit your site to assess the situation and develop a solution

Meeting regulatory requirements

We liaise with local environmental regulators to agree and approve a detailed scope of work

Safe removal

We assist with the safe removal of your asbestos, or asbestos-contaminated soil, meeting full health and safety requirements including regular air and soil monitoring

Secure transport

We securely transport asbestos to our disposal site, taking care to adhere to policy requirements to ensure no fibres are spread into the environment en route.

Final disposal

On arrival at our Class A landfill in Vlakfontein, loads are weighed and carefully checked. They are then dampened with water to avoid any fibres becoming airborne before being placed into a deep, secure trench which is then carefully covered to ensure they will not harm human or environmental health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material often encountered in its raw form in the mining process. Due to its insulation and fire-resistant properties, it was used extensively during the twentieth century in construction and insulation.

When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious health problems including cancers and lung disease. The effects of asbestos damage may take years to emerge but can be fatal, so any contact with asbestos is highly regulated.

There are six different types of asbestos. The most commonly used form of asbestos was Chrysotile (white asbestos) which is often found in roofs, ceilings, walls and floors of homes and businesses. Amosite (brown asbestos) was used most frequently as a lagging material for insulation or in cement sheets. Crocidolite (blue asbestos) can be found in its raw form and was commonly used to insulate steam engines, spray-on coatings, pipe insulation and plastic and cement products. Anthophylite, Tremolite and Actinolite were not used commercially but than can be found as contaminates in vermiculite and talc. These can be brown, white, green, gray or transparent.