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Asbestos Removal

Non-Friable Asbestos Disposal Policy

Friable (hazardous) Asbestos containing waste is not accepted at the BSSWS
(Friable means that the material can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand pressure)

This policy addresses the disposal practices of non-friable asbestos containing waste at the (BSSWS).


Asbestos is a naturally occurring serpentine rock formation and can be found occurring even in Inyo County.

The potential of an asbestos containing product to release fibers is dependent upon its degree of friability.  The Department of Toxics and Substance Control (DTSC) has clarified the definition to include an airborne release by mechanical means including breaking and shearing. 

Friable asbestos is defined as a hazardous waste if the product contains greater than (>) 1% friable asbestos fibers (section 66699, Title 22).  The only method for determining the friability and content of asbestos fibers is by laboratory analysis.  Determinations are made on an individual basis. 

Friable asbestos containing waste must be handled as a hazardous waste as required in the California Health and Safety Code and Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.  Call Inyo County Department of Environmental Health Services (ICDEHS) 878-0238 or 873-7866 for additional information regarding the handling, storage and disposal of friable asbestos.  A list of analytical labs is also available upon request. 

Non-Friable Asbestos is accepted only at the Bishop-Sunland Landfill.

To Learn more please download:
Certification And Application For Disposal Of Non-Friable Asbestos
Containing Waste - PDF

Information Contact: telliot@inyocounty.us   (760) 873-5577
Administrative Services: 163 May St., Bishop CA 93514

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