Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:00
I've just had an asbestos garage taken down by asbestos specialists (£600 for anyone who thinks it'll cost thousands; I was quoted not much less for taking a similar sized non asbestos shed down!) They came and went and did a brilliant job leaving no mess and of course they protected the area they worked in.
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Easier to take down a garage then dig up a path without releasing dust though.
It's not dangerous if you leave it alone. If you want it gone, get someone to quote and take their advice on what level of risk it is now.
Please don't take Frank's advice and DIY it. I don't know of any council who will remove asbestos rubble, or even double wrapped whole sheets - even supposing you could get it out without breaking it, which seems unlikely. Some recycling centre will take asbestos if it's properly bagged but all the ones around here charge for taking them and there is a strict limit on quantity. They won't take a path's-worth from you - maybe 3 rubble bags at most. So you will still have to pay a licensed disposal company and you may very well be prosecuted. The HSE take asbestos very seriously these days.
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Raisingirl: when I took an asbestos awareness course (for engineering industry) contractors are advised to spray water on the asbestos to damp it down while it is removed. This prevents (or at least limits) the dust being released into the atmosphere. I didn't mention this because of course it is much easier to contain water on a factory site than ones garden. The chaps who took my garage away did say they preferred a damp day as it kept things just moist enough so I imagine if they also use it as an option.
It is worth, should you want to go through the route of disposal and DIY (to be honest far too much effort in my eyes but then I do suffer from laziness) be sure to check your local councils website for advise. Mine for instance (above) tells you where to double bag and take the asbestos too.