Asbestos in Communities
Despite being outlawed in the UK since 1985, asbestos is still causing issues for people up and down the country on a regular basis. The lethal substance has been since found in schools, and even in our own health services, simply proving that there is still a lot of work to do in order to eradicate the substance entirely. In a week of shocking revelations, it has become clear just how prevalent the material really is across public spaces in the UK.
Reported on the 21st May by ITV, it was revealed that a 4 mile stretch of road had been shut due to fly tipping of asbestos in Nottingham. This echoes further issues that see a huge amount of asbestos dumped in our national parks, affecting public spaces. With so much asbestos still within our infrastructure, issues like waste crime will continue to be a problem. With the Contamination Expo being located next to RWM, the topic of waste crime will be one covered at the neighboring recycling and waste management exhibition, allowing asbestos experts and local authorities to work towards a solution for asbestos fly tipping.
Whilst fly tipping remains a clear issue for the contamination of our countryside, there are deeper and more worrisome instances of asbestos appearing in public and tourist spaces across the country. On Monday this week it was announced that Mount Batten beach in Plymouth had closed due to the presence of asbestos found across the beach. There were initially only smaller amounts of low-grade, low-risk asbestos discovered until further research revealed a much more serious problem. With such an imposing risk on the local community, the beach will remain closed for the foreseeable future whilst local authorities look for ways to deal with the asbestos.
The announcement has come as a shock for local businesses who rely upon the beach to bring in new business and new customers. This knock back effect of asbestos in public areas is an expensive one, both in terms of expenditure to solve the problem, and in the case of Plymouth, in missed income. This is reflected through a story in Kent that revealed a local allotment has been contaminated with asbestos, resulting in the space being unsafe and requiring a £12,000 bill to solve.
This is unsustainable for any community to deal with, and as such there needs to be something done by our local authorities to handle these issues. A system to combat the near constant stream of fly tipping whilst also meeting asbestos related issues in a timely and safe manner is essential to the continued growth and development of our communities. With this in mind, the services, technology, and products that are available for these situations is ground breaking. There is an essential need for local authorities to know who to call to guarantee solutions.
The Contamination Expo is the largest asbestos orientated trade show in the world, and the asbestos leg of the event is only one part. With such a massive event filling the NEC, that is also located next to RWM, there will be solutions to any and all potential asbestos issues, as well as offering guidance in dealing with contaminated waste crimes by visiting the neighboring events. This is a free opportunity to position your community at the forefront of asbestos management.