Preparing Your Construction Debris for Pickup

When you’re getting ready for a junk removal pickup, particularly with construction or remodeling debris, safety and compliance are crucial. Let’s demystify the process for you with this handy guide:

Test for Asbestos

Ensure that materials that may contain asbestos are tested prior to removal.

Fill the Form & Use Labs

Fill out the Construction & Demolition Waste Acceptance form. Opt for accredited labs for all your testing needs.

Provide Test Results

Supply a printed version of test results. Electronic copies aren’t accepted. Ensure the results indicate less than 1% asbestos content by weight.

Use Certified Labs: Consider using one of the accredited labs listed below for your testing needs:


  – Advantage Environmental

  – Atlas Laboratories Inc

  – Certified Environmental Consulting

  – Edge Analytical



Remember, not adhering to these guidelines can lead to additional fees and complications. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek guidance. For a full list of accredited labs, [click here]



Analytical Testing Requirements

Ensure items contain 1% or less asbestos by weight.

Interior Walls & Ceilings:

  • Acoustical tiles
  • Glue dots
  • Plaster
  • Textured surfaces


  • White paper/seam tape on ducts
  • Air-duct cement and insulation

Roofing Materials:

  • Tar paper
  • Felt
  • Silver/white roofing paint
  • Nicolite paper

Various Compounds:

  • Window glazing
  • Adhesives
  • Caulks
  • Patching
  • Mastics

Exterior Walls:

  • Cement siding
  • Stucco


  • Block
  • Boiler
  • Spray-applied
  • Vermiculite


  • Fire doors
  • Fire/kiln brick


  • Vinyl tiles
  • Sheet vinyl
  • Some mastic adhesives


  • Furnace
  • Mechanical
  • Boiler
  • Wood stove (Automotive gaskets are exempt)


  • Switch gear
  • Circuit boxes and fuse panels
  • Wiring with cloth insulation (Romex wiring is exempt)
Additional Information:
Structures or RVs built in or after 2004 don’t need testing for the above materials.
Metro might request tests for other materials not mentioned above.
Please note: Flat/built-up roofing isn’t accepted, regardless of test results.