Removing Asbestos Shingles
Below are recommended guidelines for the removal and proper disposal of asbestos shingles. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and by following a few simple guidelines the risk of exposure to you and your neighbors can be greatly reduced.
- A heavy-duty ground cloth should be used to cover the ground beneath the shingles.
- The ground cloth should be extended several feet beyond the wall containing the shingles.
- The ground cloth should be secured to the base of the wall at least one foot above the ground using duct tape or other similar material.
- All molding, trim, framing or other features should be removed to allow for easy access to the shingles.
- Removal should begin with the upper row of shingles.
- A wide blade instrument such as a scrapper or putty knife should be used to reduce the risk of damage to the shingles. Hammers or other tools which will break the shingles should not be used.
- Shingles should be placed into a box or bucket and lowered to the ground. Dropping or sliding shingles increases the risk of breakage.
- Shingles should be packaged in a strong box lined with a plastic trash bag.
- After the box is filled, the bag should be twisted and tied to prevent release of dust and fiber during transport.
- The ground cloth can be folded (from the outside in) and placed into a trash bag for disposal with the shingles.
- If the ground cloth is to be re-used, it should be cleaned with a wet mop, and the mop head should be disposed of along with the shingles .
- Shingles and associated waste materials should be taken to the "homeowners" area of the Eastern Landfill and placed into the appropriate roll-off dumpster.
- Contractors wishing to dispose of asbestos shingles must call the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-3745 to obtain the necessary approvals.
Call 410-887-3745 for additional information.
Revised July 23, 2015