Asbestos represents a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that were used in the past to add strength and longevity to building and insulating materials, provide soundproofing and fire resistance.
According to Health Canada, until the early 1990s, industry, construction, and commercial sectors used asbestos in products such as:
- cement and plaster
- industrial furnaces and heating systems
- building insulation
- floor and ceiling tiles
- house siding
- car and truck brake pads
- vehicle transmission components, such as clutches
Since 1990, however, use of asbestos has been phased out across Canada based on the negative health impacts caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.
Safe Disposal of Potential Asbestos Containing Material
The City of Kamloops and its landfill contractors follow specific safety protocols for managing known asbestos-containing materials at our landfill sites. Asbestos waste is a hazardous material and must never be included in your household garbage.
The City, in partnership with the TNRD, is implementing new disposal procedures to help protect workers, residents, and the environment.