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Fly-tippers Increase Northumberland County Council Asbestos Costs

Northumberland County Council has reported that asbestos has been illegally dumped in every corner of the county in recent months.

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Most of the asbestos is the old corrugated sheet type which was widely used across the county in the old colliery row houses and in farms and commercial premises, according to the Northumberland Gazette.

Cllr Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, has expressed concerns that illegal asbestos collectors are operating in the area and is urging residents to report any suspicious behaviour to the council as investigations are underway.

The illegal disposal of asbestos materials is a punishable crime for good reason. Asbestos greatly differs from general waste, as exposure to its carcinogenic dust and fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma.

By dumping asbestos in a public area, a very serious health risk is created, which councils cannot ignore.

The fly-tipping of asbestos is costly for local councils. Specialists must be employed to survey, manage and dispose of it.

The fly-tipping of asbestos is costly for local councils. Specialists must be employed to survey, manage and dispose of it.

Over the past nine months, Northumberland County Council has handled 24 cases – twice the number of the previous year. This has cost the council £10,000.

You can report fly-tipping incidents online at

Asbestos was used in commercial buildings until 1999 and so remains a risk, if disturbed, in both domestic and non-domestic properties. Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 any asbestos discovered on a public site must be registered and disposed of by specialists. For more information on the duties placed on those responsible by this legislation, please see: How Does The Law Protect You From Asbestos in a Non-Domestic Property?

If you think that you have exposed to asbestos, it is important that you report it today so that there is a record of this information for the future, if needed.

You can register any exposure to asbestos here.

For more information, please see our previous blog: Why Should You Report Exposure to Asbestos Today?



Dominic Smith is national operations co-ordinator at Slater and Gordon lawyers. As a litigation executive, Dominic has pursued compensation for victims of asbestos exposure suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a specialist team of asbestos compensation solicitors that deal with asbestos claims on a no win no fee basis. For a free consultation call 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.

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