Asbestos to be buried in Jersey before shipping

Rusting crates filled with asbestos will have to be buried in Jersey before being shipped off-island, says the minister in charge of waste.

Transport and Technical Services Minister Deputy Kevin Lewis hopes to ship the 217 containers within the next 18 months.

He said he was looking overseas for places to export the crates of old material from buildings for treatment.

He admitted they needed to bury them in sealed pits first.

Deputy Lewis pledged to do more about the issue after admitting the States could have dealt with it better in the past.

He said: "They are getting old now, I am happy with it as it is, in a sense it is double wrapped and sealed in containers but the containers are starting to rust.

"I am just as impatient as everyone else to get it sorted. There are several processing plants around the world but we need permission to ship it into Europe or around the world."

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