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Asbestos Warning

Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber known to cause cancer when inhaled. Never dust, sweep, or vacuum anything that may contain asbestos. Because asbestos is so dangerous, make sure to follow all the instructions below.

Non-friable asbestos is hard to break into smaller pieces. Although it is less dangerous than friable asbestos, it should still be treated with caution and disposed of properly. Non-friable asbestos is found in old shingles, siding, and floor tiles (pictured above). Read more about asbestos on the EPA's website.

Not sure if it is asbestos?

If you are unsure if a product contains asbestos, take a look at our Asbestos Testing page for a list of resources to help you find out.

Why care about asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos is the only known cause for the rare cancer mesothelioma which affects the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, and some of the body's other internal organs.

Get a Pro to Clean Up

There are several businesses that will do the removal of asbestos to help you get rid of the material safely. Take a look at our Abestos Removal page for more information.

Important Disposal Instructions

  • Improperly packaged asbestos, including bags with holes or tears, or bags over the allowed weight limit, will not be accepted.
  • Asbestos-containing materials must be double-bagged and sealed in thick 6-millimeter bags that state they contain asbestos. Normal trash bags or other containers are not acceptable.
  • FREE asbestos bags are available from the Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division office, located at 130 East Victoria Street, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or the Community Hazardous Waste Collection Center during normal business hours for homeowners doing their own abatement. Call (805) 882-3602 ahead of time to obtain a supply of bags.
  • Each bag must weigh no more than 25 pounds.
  • A maximum of 50 pounds (about two bags) is accepted for free per trip from households at the CHWCC.
  • If you need to dispose of asbestos at the Tajiguas Landfill, download our permit application for further instructions.

Business Instructions

  • Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) enforces asbestos related air quality laws for demolition and renovation of all business structures and apartment buildings with more than four units.
  • Advanced notification to the APCD may be required before removing asbestos.
  • Contact the APCD at (805) 961-8800 or visit the APCD website if you have questions.

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