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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The free hazardous waste service for residents is provided by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council every year.

Householders can dispose of their hazardous wastes safely; for example old paints, waste oil, batteries, and household and garden chemicals.

Hazardous waste can be dangerous at every stage of its 'life'. Hazardous materials stored at home could react with one another and cause a fire or toxic fumes, children could poison themselves, or a container may leak and contaminate the soil or groundwater.

If hazardous waste is disposed of with the rest of the household rubbish or put out with the inorganic rubbish collection, the people who pick up the rubbish could be injured, sometimes severely. And finally, hazardous waste that ends up in the landfill can pollute our environment.

By offering a special collection for this waste, the Hastings and Napier councils provide residents with the chance to 'do the right thing' for everyone's health, and for the environment - and it's a great opportunity to raise awareness about hazardous waste!

Acceptable hazardous materials

The HazMobile accepts most hazardous materials that can be found in a household, such as:

  • Paints, solvents and paint strippers
  • Wood preservatives
  • Glues and resins
  • All types of garden chemicals including pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers
  • Petrol, oil and diesel
  • Car care products
  • All types of cleaners, including toilet and drain cleaners, oven cleaners, bleaches and disinfectants
  • Pool chemicals
  • Furniture and shoe polish
  • All types of batteries, including car and boat batteries and rechargeable batteries
  • Gas cylinders

Unacceptable hazardous materials

HazMobile cannot take commercial hazardous waste, medical waste, agrichemicals or electronic waste.

If you have commercial hazardous waste please contact a hazardous waste treatment company for more information.

If you need to safely dispose of medical waste such as syringes, please ask your doctor or other health professional for advice.

Electronic waste can be recycled via the Hawke's Bay Environment Centre, 809 Karamu Rd North, Hastings (please note this is a user pays service)

Agrecovery is New Zealand’s solution for the safe disposal of unwanted agrichemicals and the recycling of empty containers, drums and IBCs, see: or phone 0800 AGRECOVERY (0800 247 326).

ChemCollect provides a comprehensive commercial chemical collection and disposal service for a wide range of chemicals, including industrial, agricultural or household chemicals, see: or phone 0508 374 768.

What do we do with the collected material?

The majority of the waste we collect is recycled.

Approximately 75 per cent of the paint is recycled, with the final mixed product used for anti-graffiti work. The remainder, usually toxic or otherwise unusable paint, is treated before disposal to landfill. Paint cans are recycled as are plastic paint pails.

Much of the waste oil and petrol is used as a fuel source for heating; for example it has been used to help fire a large New Zealand cement kiln.

Wet cell batteries (lead-acid) are recycled in New Zealand, while rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium and mercury-containing batteries are recycled overseas.

Transporting household hazardous waste safely

All containers should be in good condition, not brittle and with no holes, and the lid must be fitted tightly. They must be transported upright and secured so that they cannot fall over or leak liquid or gas. Heavy-duty plastic bags may be acceptable for solid wastes.

If you do have a leaking container, put the whole container into a bucket with a lid on it. Please remember to do this outside so that any fumes will disperse easily.

Please label all containers clearly to help the person receiving the waste to sort it.

You can help us - and yourself - by sitting your household hazardous waste containers upright in a cardboard box. This way, you protect your car from leaks and when you arrive at the HazMobile all we need to do is lift out of the box and you can be on your way!

Keeping hazardous materials safe in the home

If you have to have hazardous materials at home, make sure they are always stored safely and securely:

  • Keep hazardous materials dry and away from heat or flames
  • Always keep hazardous materials in their original containers so you know what they are
  • If a container is leaking and you have to move it into another, label it correctly
  • Keep lids tightly closed
  • Always keep hazardous materials out of the reach of children; for example in a locked cupboard

Hastings District Council and Napier City Council would like to acknowledge the Auckland Regional Council and thank them for their support and contribution to this initiative. The HazMobile is New Zealand's first mobile household hazardous waste collection service, adopted by the Auckland Regional Council and a consortium of councils within that region.


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