The department licenses businesses that transport asbestos waste and landfills that accept this waste.
Businesses that breach their environmental authority conditions or carry out these activities without an environmental licence may be fined or prosecuted.
When asbestos waste has been illegally dumped, the department can issue a fine or prosecute the person who has dumped the asbestos under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011. Removal of the asbestos waste is the responsibility of the land owner. Members of the public can report littering or illegal dumping to the department online or by contacting 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
The department is also involved in the investigation of fires and other incidents where both asbestos and chemicals are released to the environment. The investigations seek to determine whether someone has breached the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
More information on asbestos is available on the Queensland Government's asbestos website.