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Wick Business Licensed To Deal With Asbestos

28th June 2005

A Wick based business is now able to provide a service for dealing with the removal, storage and transportation of low-level asbestos waste following a significant investment in equipment, training and premises.

Wick Blast Ltd has successfully been providing a power washing service for householders, businesses and a range of clients, including a local housing association and the Highland Council, since 2001.

However, since the 1st of April 2005, the Highland Council run landfill site at Seater can no longer accept commercial low-level asbestos waste, which runs to an average of 70 or more tonnes each year. Wick Blast Ltd director, Graeme Bain, identified an opportunity for a local business to become a licensed asbestos operator to remove, store and transport the bagged waste material to the nearest licensed tip in Perth.

Assistance totalling 5,808 from Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has enabled Wick Blast to undertake the necessary training and investment in equipment.

Mr Bain and a member of staff have recently completed a three-day NATAS Asbestos Removal training course in Birmingham, and he intends undertaking a supervisors course later this year. It was also necessary to obtain a licence from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to enable him to operate this service.

Unit manager of the SEPA Pentland team, Chris Matthews, said: "SEPA welcomes a local facility helping to prevent fly tipping of this potentially hazardous material, ensuring its legal storage prior to disposal at a properly licensed site. It is important for both the environment and health and safety that this is dealt with by qualified and licensed operators."

According to Graeme, "Moving into the removal and transportation of low level asbestos represents a major development for this business and required a significant investment in equipment, training, insurance, licences, rental for a building, etc. This additional service will run in conjunction with existing operations."

Hilary Budge, development manager at CASE, said: "Graeme is to be congratulated on identifying this business opportunity, and committing himself to the investment in terms of both time and capital. This now also provides a valuable service not otherwise available in Caithness or Sutherland and will also create two additional jobs."

For more information on this service, please contact Graeme at Wick Blast Ltd on 01955 603454 or email


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