Asbestos disposal

Bonded asbestos can be brought to the following recycling centres in Devon:

  • Bideford
  • Exeter, Pinbrook Road/Exton Road
  • Honiton, Sutton Barton
  • Kingsbridge, Torr Quarry
  • Newton Abbot, Brunel Road
  • Okehampton
  • Tavistock, Crowndale
  • Tiverton, Ashley
  • Torrington, Deep Moor

Bonded asbestos is not accepted at any other recycling centre.

The recycling centres listed above will accept a maximum of 20 sheets/bags. If you have a greater quantity, other options include contacting a commercial waste company who deal with asbestos disposal.

For the avoidance of doubt; any item which the site staff deem to contain asbestos will be treated as asbestos (regardless of any analysis or certificates that may have been obtained to state the material is asbestos free) and restrictions/charges will apply.

For further information on please visit the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), here you will also be able to find licenced removal companies in Devon.

Night storage heaters

Night storage heaters will only be accepted at recycling centres which accept asbestos and these sites will only accept full appliances. Night storage heaters must be double wrapped in tough plastic and sealed. Night storage heaters are classified as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and are accepted free of charge.

Acceptable types of asbestos

The following types of asbestos are acceptable:

  • Cement bonded asbestos sheeting.
  • Cement bonded pipes, guttering or flues.
  • Other cement bonded asbestos that is household in origin.

Any other types of asbestos will not be accepted.

We can accept asbestos sheets measuring up to 3m (10ft) in length and 1.5m(4.5ft) in width. We will not accept asbestos sheets where any dimension is larger than this.

Alternatively, we can accept asbestos double bagged (defined as a small, plastic sand/aggregate bag from standard DIY stores that can be safely lifted by one person) and sealed.

If you have large quantities (more than 8 sheets/bags) please ring 0345 1551010 to check availability. The recycling centres listed above will accept a maximum of 20 sheets/bags.

Disposal information

Asbestos must be double wrapped in tough/thick plastic and completely sealed (woven plastic material will not be acceptable for this purpose). Sheets must be wrapped individually. Site staff are not permitted to assist with loading asbestos into the skip. Please note that vehicle restrictions are now in place at recycling centres.

If you would like health and safety advice when dealing with asbestos, see Asbestos Information Centre for advice on handling asbestos safely.


Charges apply to the disposal of asbestos. See Chargeable waste for more information.

Please note that this service is provided for Devon County Council residents only. Asbestos is not classified as household waste and as such Devon County Council is not obliged to accept any asbestos for disposal.

We reserve the right to restrict or withdraw this service at any time.

If you have any asbestos that does not meet the above criteria, it must be collected by a suitably authorised waste contractor or delivered directly to a suitably authorised private facility.