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How Can Asbestos Fibres Impact The Local Environment?

Asbestos-containing materials have long been recognised as hazardous, where recent decades have seen the implementation of bans to prevent these substances being used in new construction work. Despite this, historic installations may still be uncovered that contain asbestos materials, where these should be handled with extreme care to prevent the release of toxic fibres into the environment.


Asbestos materials are composed of millions of indestructible fibres, which can become airborne if asbestos installations are disturbed or handled incorrectly. In addition to posing a serious risk to human health, these fibres can also be incredibly damaging for local wildlife populations, where they can pollute the environment in a number of ways.


Read on to find out more about how asbestos-containing materials can impact the local environment.

Soil Contamination

The resilient nature of asbestos fibres means that they can cause serious problems if they enter into the soil. These fibres can settle onto the soil surface and accumulate over time, where this can make soil unsuitable for planting or for farming purposes. Additionally these fibres can create a toxic environment for local wildlife, having a widespread impact on the ecosystem as a whole.

Air Pollution

Once airborne, asbestos fibres can become incredibly difficult to control, where they can easily spread over long distances if wind conditions are particularly strong. This kind of air pollution can spread the asbestos contamination over many miles, meaning toxic fibres can then settle in fields, rivers and wildlife habitats across a wide expanse of land.

Water Toxicity

Water is a vital resource for plants and animals everywhere, so if lakes and rivers become contaminated, the consequences can be dire. Run-off from treatment plants or asbestos disposal sites can enter into our waterways, polluting these habitats with incredibly durable asbestos fibres.

Wildlife Health

Asbestos fibres can be lethal if they enter the body, where this is the case for animals as well as humans. Wildlife may ingest fibres that have entered into waterways or have settled on the soil, where these resilient toxins can quickly pass through the food chain. As a result, widespread biodiversity loss may occur as animals become unwell or perish due to the presence of these fibres in their systems.

Evans Asbestos Ltd: Professional Asbestos Disposal In Wiltshire

Protect your local environment by taking care of asbestos-containing materials in the right way. We provide a comprehensive range of asbestos removal and disposal services, so you can protect your own health and the health of surrounding wildlife. Get in touch today to speak to one of our asbestos experts.

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