Particular care must be taken when disposing of waste classed as hazardous. Many products used commonly in the home or garden are a particular danger to the environment, even in small quantities.
Containers holding hazardous waste (even if empty) must not be put out with the recycling or mixed in with general rubbish. It is illegal to tip hazardous waste into stormwater drains and containers that have held hazardous waste should not be burnt as they can give off toxic fumes.
Products that are hazardous have the classification on the labelling and these types of products should always be kept in their original packaging.
A product is considered hazardous (and must be marked as such) if it is:
Hazardous products commonly found in the home include paint, pool chemicals, lighter fluids, drain cleaners, gas cylinders, acids, garden sprays and insect baits.
The first consideration should be to buy only what you need so there is no waste to be disposed of. However, no matter how careful we are, there is always that little bit of paint or chemical residue to get rid of, and, of course, the containers.
First check the container to see if it has disposal instructions on it. In some cases the manufacturer will handle the waste and containers if they are returned to their agent. For example, Resene Paints will take all paint and paint containers, with a small charge levied on tins that are not their brand.
If storing your hazardous waste does not pose a risk to you or your family, you may choose to hold onto these products until the next hazardous waste collection. Each year the Napier and Hastings councils organise a HazMobile Collection in each area. They are usually held in November. Once the date and place have been finalised they will be noted on this page.
Next Hazardous Waste Collection: To be advised
Items that can be disposed of at the hazardous waste collection are: Paints, solvents and strippers; furniture polish and wood preservatives; glues and resins; garden chemicals; petrol, oil and diesel; toilet, drain and oven cleaners; bleachers and disinfectants; pool and spa pool chemicals; all types of batteries; gas cylinders; all types of light bulbs.
Items that cannot be disposed of at the hazardous waste collection are: Commercial hazardous waste (contact a hazardous waste treatment company); electronic waste (contact Environment Hawke’s Bay); explosives or munitions (contact police); medical waste (contact your health care professional); farm chemicals (contact AgRecovery).
For more information contact:
Ministry for the Environment
Environment Risk Management Authority
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