Asbestos is a naturally occuring fibrous mineral that was a popular building material from the 1950s to 1990s. It was used extensively because it is an insulator, has good fire protection properties, has tensile strength, and is resistant to chemical erosion. (Source: WorkSafe BC)
Asbestos poses health risks when fibres are in the air that people breathe. Asbestos fibres lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that can ultimately lead to severely impaired lung function (asbestosis) and cancers of the lungs or lung cavity.
Exposure to asbestos can happen when asbestos-containing material (ACM) breaks down or when it is cut or damaged. People can put themselves at risk, often without realizing it, if they do not take proper precautions when repairs or renovations disturb ACM. (Source: adapted from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
For a fee, the certified independent laboratories listed below* will test the content of asbestos in materials.
ACM Environmental, Vancouver, 604 873 8599
Astech Consultants Ltd., Cloverdale, 604 575 1122
Epoch Analytical, Coquitlam, 604 521 6806
Maxxam, Burnaby, 604 734 7276
Pacific Environmental Consulting, Burnaby, 604 292 4700
PHH Arc Environmental, Richmond, 604 244 8101
Wes-Har Asbestos & Analysis, Richmond, 604 279 9445
*Note: This list of independent laboratories may not be exhaustive.
Please contact Wastech (wastech_at_wastech.ca) to request a revision.
To be valid, the ACM test certificate will be printed on letterhead, and include the following:
Drywall containing asbestos is accepted for a fee, and only at the following locations. Please contact the facility for bagging and transportation or pick up instructions.
Clean Harbors Canada, Delta, 604 940 0894
Newalta Corporation, Delta, 604 952 1220
Safety Kleen, Delta, 604 940 0641
Sumas Environmental, Burnaby, 604 682 6678
Tri-Arrow Industrial Recovery, Surrey, 604 597 7994
ACM is not accepted at the transfer stations. To ensure the safety of our employees, material that cannot be confirmed as free of asbestos is not accepted at the stations.
Non-ACM with a date stamp or a certificate from a testing facility is accepted at the transfer stations. Material must be brought to a station within four weeks of the test. Ceiling tiles must be double-bagged.
Wastech reserves the right to fine and/or back charge responsible parties for any and all clean up costs incurred for the removal of ACM disposed at one of our facilities.
ACM is accepted at local landfills. Varying restrictions, procedures and special waste handling fees apply. Contact the facility prior to arrival.
- Wastech Services Ltd. brochure
- BC Ministry of Environment, "Management of Waste Asbestos by Home Owners in BC"
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, "About Your House: Asbestos"
- City of Vancouver, "Asbestos Management"