Sign for Asbestos


Toxic building material popular in the late 19th Century.  Asbestos is a mineral substance that can be present in construction and cladding materials, including old vinyl or floor tiles, lagging/insulation, decorative ceilings, roofing and cement pipes.   The inhalation of asbestos fibres or dust can be damaging to your health and should only be handled in accordance with recommended guidelines. 



Asbestos containing materials come in all shapes, sizes and colours.  For more information go to "asbestos aware" and Worksafe's information sheet - Worksafe Locations where asbestos may be found.



The only way to be certain if you home contains asbestos is to have suspect materials tested in an accrediated laboratory.  Do not attempt to obtain a sample without talking to a laboratory first.  For a full list of accrediated testing facilities visit and search for keyword 'asbestos', and click 'go'.

You can also contact the Health Protection Team working in the Public Health Unit of your District Health Board if you want to find out about approved testing laboratories in your region.


Asbestos is classifed as a "special waste" and requires a special waste permit for it to be disposed of at the Southland regional landfill.   Note: Disposal charges will apply.