Building Demolition Requirements

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Boone County Landfill demolition requirements

Handling Asbestos

The word asbestos comes from the Greek word meaning “inextinguishable” or “indestructible.”   Asbestos was formerly used as a fireproof insulating material. The first documented case of asbestos-related death was reported in 1906.  It is fascinating reading about the history of asbestos.

Today there are very strict regulations in the handling of asbestos containing material.

The Boone County Landfill follows rules and is regulated by many different entities.  Most people think it is only the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that gives us our rules but we also answer to many others including the EPA and OSHA.  The health and well being of our employees and our customers is foremost in our minds.

Most often seen by the landfill as asbestos containing material are slate roofing or siding, pipe wrap, old floor and ceiling tiles.  There are more asbestos containing materials.

The Boone County Landfill (BCL) requires documentation from a person properly trained and certified in asbestos removal that there either was no asbestos in the property or that all asbestos containing materials have been properly removed from the property before we accept any buildings (including mobile homes)  that have been torn down whether it be commercial or residential. 

All facility demolitions require submission of a demolition notification form to the DNR – even if no asbestos is found.

If a building has been torn down and no asbestos testing has been done on it, the entire building will have to be brought in as asbestos containing material.  The fees for asbestos containing material brought to BCL are three times that of regular garbage because of the special handling involved.

You may have seen or heard that a family demolishing their own house to rebuild or remodel is exempt.  That may be true for DNR regulation but it is not true for other applications and it is a Boone County Landfill requirement  to have it tested for asbestos and have written proof it has been taken care of properly. 

Click here more more information on asbestos disposal or give us a call (433-0591) for further regulations on the handling of asbestos.