Asbestos suspected in waste

THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is calling for information from the public after hundreds of kilograms of waste including possible asbestos was dumped outside of Columbey National Park last week.

A spokesman for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Lawrence Orel, said building waste, including material believed to contain asbestos, was found dumped in bushland south of Dungog.

It is estimated that a few hundred kilograms of the waste was dumped sometime around Monday, April 22.

"The NPWS is now working with Port Stephens Council to find the most appropriate way to recover and dispose of the material at an appropriate waste facility," he said.

"The NPWS is interested in any information relating to this matter. Information will be treated in confidence."

Information on regulations and safe handling, including the disposal of asbestos, can be found at environment.nsw.gov.au/waste/asbestos.

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