Does asbestos removal require a licensed removal company to be removed?
To the best of my knowledge, there is no law in Ontario preventing a
homeowner removing asbestos from their own home. I sure hope there isn't,
because I'd be in trouble :<)
Because I have encountered this stuff in my 160-year old farm house several
times, I've done some research. Asbestos has made some people very sick, but
mainly people who were exposed to high levels for a long period of time
(miners, factory workers, professional demolishers and auto mechanics who
work on brakes). A single case of short-term exposure seems to do little
harm, the body just eliminates any fibres that get breathed in.
Of course, it still makes sense to use a dust-mask and keep the place
well-ventilated, and after you are done wash yourself and your clothes and
vacuum the house.
If you have a fair amount of it, you might want to enquire about land-fill
regulations, but simply disposing of small amounts in the garbage is not a
big deal. Unlike things like heavy metals, toxic liquids, oil etc, it is
harmless once buried. Just make sure any bags are securely sealed to keep
any fibres from blowing around.