The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is offering people a chance to learn more about dealing with building materials that might contain asbestos, ahead of an expanded screening program that will come into force later this month.
Asbestos, which is used to make heat and fire-resistant and soundproof materials, was phased out in Canada in the 1990s.
The SCRD has required screening and special handling of gypsum (drywall) and vermiculite since 2013. As of Sept. 19, the list will also include: ceiling tiles, cement board and cement panels (often known by the trade-name Transite), roofing, vinyl flooring (floor tile and sheet flooring with paper backing), stucco and textured ceilings and coatings.
Anyone delivering loads that contain any of those materials to a landfill will need to show asbestos testing results from an accredited laboratory. Read more >>