Asbestos

What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that can be found in various locations throughout a structure. Some examples include, but are not limited to acoustic ceilings, taping mud on sheet rock, plaster, flooring, heating ducts, stucco, flue pipes, pipe lagging, and roofing.

Friable asbestos can be crumbled by hand pressure. Asbestos fibers are easily released into the air.

Nonfriable asbestos is bound with other materials in products such as roofing shingles and vinyl-asbestos floor tiles. When cut, drilled or sanded these materials release asbestos fibers.

Health risks:
Exposure to asbestos occurs when asbestos fibers are released into the air and inhaled. Asbestos is a carcinogen with no known safe level of exposure.

Asbestos testing:
Prior to purchasing real estate, or performing construction or demolition in order to protect the occupants and any workers on-site, a survey of the building should (and in many instances may be required) be conducted by a Certified Asbestos Consultant. To locate a list of consultants visit: Cal/OSHA Division of Occupational Safety and Health http://www.dir.ca.gov/Database and permitting requirements for removing asbestos are complicated. For any size job a licensed asbestos abatement contractor is recommended. California law prohibits any person from advertising for the removal of asbestos unless certified. The law also requires that the contractor's license number be included in the advertisement.

For a list of registered asbestos contractors, contact Cal/OSHA Division of Occupational Safety and Health http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/ACRU/ACRUhome.htm, choose "Asbestos Registrants." This list is updated weekly.

To verify proper licensing:
California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (800) 321-CSLB(2752) or visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov State Law, notifications are required for asbestos removal from any size job 10 days prior to starting work; jobs exceeding 100 sq. ft. require both notification and registration.

• North Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) (707) 433-5911 (commercial and residential properties located north of Windsor).

• Bay Area Air Quality Management District (415) 771-6000 (commercial and residential properties located south of Windsor).

• County or city building department.

• District Cal/OSHA Asbestos office for Notification forms and Registration applications.

District Cal/OSHA office
1221 Farmers Lane, Ste. 300
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 576-2388

• Department of Toxic Substances Control, Duty Officer (800) 728-6942.

Disposal:
Asbestos waste generated by a do-it-yourselfer or asbestos abatement contractor becomes the responsibility of the building's owner. Asbestos waste greater than 5-gallons or 50 pounds must be transported by a registered hazardous waste hauler.

Hours listed on this page may change without notice.

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Locations

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

939 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

NotesContact for permits for commercial and residential properties located south of Windsor.

Business Hazardous Waste Collection at the HHW Facility

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off: small quantities of asbestos waste are accepted at the Household Toxics Facility. A small quantity is defined as less than 1 cubic yard (50 pounds or less) or lengths of asbestos pipe 3 feet or less. All materials should be watered down and double-bagged.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

4101 Industrial Way
Benicia, CA 95403

NotesPickup and fee: friable and non-friable asbestos; call for instructions.

Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

NotesPermit requirements and information. See website for more information.

Forward Inc. & Austin Rd. Landfills

9999 South Austin Rd.
Manteca, CA 95336

NotesAsbestos M-F 8-6, dirt/wood Drop-off and fee: friable and non-friable asbestos. Call 24-hours in advance for instructions.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off: small quantities of asbestos waste are accepted at the Household Toxics Facility. A small quantity is defined as less than 1 cubic yard (50 pounds or less) or lengths of asbestos pipe 3 feet or less. All materials should be watered down and double-bagged.

Jakela Environmental Services, Inc. dba Asbestos Control Center

32 Hamilton Dr., Ste. A
Novato, CA

NotesPickup and fee: friable and non-friable asbestos.

Micro Analytical Laboratories

5900 Hollis St, Ste M
Emeryville, CA 94608

NotesFee: asbestos testing service.

North Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD)

150 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesContact for permits for commercial and residential properties located north of Windsor.

Ralph Curran Company

2137 Stonefield Ln.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesFee: asbestos testing service.

Recology Hay Road Landfill

6426 Hay Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95687

NotesDrop-off and fee: friable and non-friable asbestos. Call 24-hours in advance for instructions.

Redwood Landfill

8950 Redwood Hwy
Novato, CA 94945

NotesDrop-off and fee: non-friable asbestos only, including up to 8-foot lengths of asbestos pipe. Call or visit website for more information.

Safety-Kleen

5750 Commerce Blvd
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesPickup and fee.

Sonoma County Environmental Health Division

625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NotesGood general information for homeowners.

Stericycle, Inc.

Santa Rosa, CA

NotesPick up and Fee. Call for quote.

Veolia Environmental Services

NotesPickup and fee: friable and non-friable asbestos; call for instructions.