When these greenhouses were built back in the 1970’s, asbestos fibers were used as pipe insulation in the steam and water pipes throughout the greenhouses. The asbestos in those pipes was removed over five years ago. Asbestos was also used to make pressed fiber boards. These asbestos ‘boards’ were used in the construction of greenhouse benches. They could withstand heat and water, and weren’t too dangerous until they broke apart and released asbestos fibers into the air.
This whole week, all of the benches made out of asbestos are being removed from the Tucker greenhouse. New benches have arrived, and now we’re just chomping at the bit to get them installed and to move all the plants back to their designated places.
The process is laborious. Gravel has to first be removed from the benches and hauled away. The asbestos boards are then taken apart and bagged up. Then the metal bench bases get dismantled. Everything gets hauled away. It’s like magic.