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Asbestos News

UK town introduces new asbestos disposal regulations
New asbestos disposal regulations are reportedly slated to be introduced on March 1 at the recycling center for the UK town of Highbridge, according to Burnham-On-Sea.

The news source reports the carcinogenic material will soon only be accepted at the site on the town's Isleport industrial estate if it has been contacted in advance. Additionally, the asbestos must be double-wrapped and sealed in heavy plastic before it is brought to the recycling center, according to the news provider.

Steve Read, manager of the Somerset Waste Partnership, told the news source that the changes were designed to promote the safety of individuals in Somerset County.

"Somerset is raising the standards to ensure everyone's safety, whether it is residents disposing of asbestos or other recycling site users and staff," Read explained.

Taking all the necessary precautions when it comes to handling and disposing of asbestos is of paramount importance, as asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma are responsible for the deaths of approximately 107,000 people around the world each year, according to the World Health Organization.

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