Asbestos Waste Disposal in Seattle area

Author: Pacific Northwest Inspections Group, LLC   Date: 07-Jul-2015.   Category: Asbestos   Add to Favorites 

Restrictions, regulations and other information

Removal and disposal of asbestos-containing waste is regulated by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). If you are considering demolition or renovation of any structure, check with PSCAA (external) regarding requirements. You may need to obtain a PSCAA notice of intent to remove and dispose asbestos-containing material.  

If you have asbestos-containing waste (such as unused asbestos-containing siding or insulation in its regular packaging) that does not require a PSCAA notice of intent, the waste may be disposed at King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill with an approved waste clearance decision.  

The Cedar Hills Regional Landfill accepts asbestos-containing waste by appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays. Call for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance of disposal. You must have a copy of a PSCAA notice of intent or a King County waste clearance decision with you.  

View King County's complete waste acceptance rule.

King County

Waste Acceptance Procedures

Asbestos controls should be incorporated into the facility’s overall Waste Acceptance Plan and Operations Plan, as appropriate. The following subsections include recommended elements that should be included as part of these plans to prevent and control asbestos hazards.

a. Acceptance Procedures and Documentation

The type of documentation that should be required varies by the type of construction activity, as follows:

  1. Demolition Projects

    Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) regulations require that all demolition projects (including residential) submit a demolition notice to the Agency using its web site at www.pscleanair.org. All demolition projects should provide a copy of the demolition notification printout, AHERA survey, and a copy of the clearance letter if asbestos was noted in the notification printout. The paperwork must match the address of the jobsite. There is no exception to the requirement for a PSCAA notification, so there should be no reason why this documentation cannot be readily provided to the C&D facility. There should be no exceptions.

  2. Renovation Projects

For renovation projects, it can be more difficult to document that the load is asbestos-free. Few residential renovations include an asbestos AHERA survey. Surveys are required for renovations when suspect asbestos containing materials, such as surfacing material, thermal insulation, roofing material (excluding asphalt shingles), flooring material and cement products are in the work area. If these types of products are visible in a load, a survey would have been required. While compliance in commercial buildings is better, it may be difficult to match up the debris with the survey. For example, floor tiles on one floor could contain asbestos and on other floors be asbestos-free. The best way to ensure a load is clean is if the building owner can provide an AHERA asbestos survey matching the building address where the materials originated, showing that materials tested asbestos- free throughout the structure. Otherwise, the building owner should be able to provide a recent asbestos clearance report matching the building address where the materials originated. These documentation procedures should be incorporated into customer contracts. Documentation should also be requested for smaller jobs, but in practice may not be always available. 

All friable asbestos-containing material must be removed prior to demolition. Nonfriableasbestos-containing material may be left in place during the demolition, provided it remains nonfriable, but must be promptly transferred to a disposal container with a sign identifying the material as “nonfriable asbestos waste".

 

Disposal Facility Facility Restrictions & Requirements
KING COUNTY

Cedar Hills Landfill
16645 228th Ave SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
206-263-1091

Accepts asbestos waste from King County by appointment on Tuesday and Friday only.

Need to call for waste clearance approval

Requires Asbestos Waste Material Shipment Record

Republic Services
2733 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
206-652-8865

Accepts asbestos waste from all cities and counties. It must be double-bagged in 6-mil thickness container(s). 

Requires copy of the notification/permit from local clean air agency.  

Asbestos disposal times:  M-F, 8 AM – 3 PM., Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM

KITSAP COUNTY
Olympic View Transfer Station
9300 SW Barney White Rd
Port Orchard, WA 98312
360-674-2400 or 360-674 2297 for appt. 

Accepts asbestos waste from all counties and cities. 

Requires Asbestos Waste Material Shipment Record.

PIERCE COUNTY
Tacoma Landfill
3510 Mullen St
Tacoma, WA 98409
253-591-5543

Accepts asbestos waste from City of Tacoma only. 

Requires Asbestos Waste Material Shipment Record.

Hidden Valley Transfer Station
17925 Meridian St E
Puyallup, WA  98373
253-847-7555

Accepts asbestos waste from Pierce County. 

Requires Asbestos Waste Material Shipment Record.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY
There are currently no landfills or transfer stations located in Snohomish County that are authorized to receive asbestos waste.

Tacoma Landfill (3510 South Mullen):

Asbestos must be wetted down and packaged in two layers of plastic. Plastic layers must be sealed separately (duct tape recommended). All packages must have identifying markings, including name, date, and origin (federal requirement). Asbestos is accepted only on Tuesday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Notify the landfill 24 hours before disposal, and you must complete an additional form for the landfill. The disposal fee is $100/ton, with a $10 minimum. For unusual wastes like asbestos in soil, or for material that is not practical to place into asbestos bags (i.e., long pieces of pipe), contact the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for requirements. All packages must have identifying markings, including name, date, and origin (federal requirement). 

Pierce County Transfer Station (17925 South Meridian):

Asbestos must be wetted down and packaged in two layers of plastic. ). At a minimum, the outer of these two layers must be an asbestos bag (yellow or white, 6 mil bags with markings). All packages must have identifying markings, including name, date, and origin (federal requirement). Plastic layers must be sealed separately (duct tape recommended). Asbestos is accepted only on weekdays from 9:00 - 4:00. Disposal is $150 per cubic yard. For unusual asbestos waste or for material that is not practical to place in asbestos bags (i.e., long pieces of pipe), contact the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for requirements. 

 

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department/Waste Management ..............................798-6047

Asbestos info, review of unusual asbestos wastes 800-287-6429

City of Tacoma Landfill...................................................................................................591-5543

Hours & cost of disposal, packaging requirements or 591-5418

Pierce County Transfer Station ...................................................................................... 847-7555

Hours & cost of disposal, packaging requirements

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency................................................................................800-552-3565

Asbestos project notifications & info, detailed "how-to" for homeowners

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Failure to comply with asbestos requirements may result in penalties.

"RENOVATION"

Before you start most renovation (or demolition) projects, you MUST meet these asbestos requirements:

Conduct an Asbestos Survey

For almost all structures, an AHERA*-certified building inspector must perform the survey. The only exception is if this is a single-family, owner-occupied home, where owners may conduct their own survey for possible asbestos-containing materials (ACM). The ACM must either be removed prior to renovation or be left undisturbed. The results of the survey must either be posted at the work site or communicated in writing to anyone who may come into contact with the material.

File a Notification

If any friable (disintegrates when crushed by hand) ACM is going to be removed from the structure, you must file a notification and pay a fee to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at www.pscleanair.org/asbestos.

Properly Remove Asbestos

Asbestos removal must be performed by a certified asbestos contractor. The only exception is if this is a single-family, owner- occupied home. Homeowner instructions are available from the Puget Sound clean Air Agency for removal of popcorn ceilings, sheet vinyl flooring and cement-asbestos board siding.

For More Information

Contact the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at www.pscleanair.org/asbestos or call 206-689-4058.

Note to contractors: check with Labor and Industry for additional requirements www.lni.wa.gov

*AHERA = Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act. 

Failure to comply with asbestos requirements may result in penalties.

"DEMOLITION"

Before you can legally start any demolition (or most renovation) projects, you MUST meet these asbestos requirements:

Conduct an Asbestos Survey

This survey must be conducted by an AHERA*-certified building inspector. You can search for them on the web or in phone books under “Asbestos Consulting and Testing”. The results of the survey must either be posted at the work site or communicated in writing to anyone who may come into contact with the material.

File a Notification

You must file a completed notification and pay a fee to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at www.pscleanair.org/asbestos before you begin demolition.

Properly Remove Asbestos

All asbestos-containing materials must be removed from the structure by an asbestos contractor prior to demolition.

For More Information

Contact the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at www.pscleanair.org/asbestos or call 206-689-4058.

Note to contractors: check with Labor and Industry for additional requirements at www.lni.wa.gov

*AHERA = Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act.