Hazardous waste can be dangerous at every stage of its life. Hazardous materials stored at home can be very reactive and toxic to humans and/or household pets. Improper storage may lead to leaks and contaminate the soil or groundwater. Hazardous waste that ends up in our landfill can harm those who collect it and pollute our environment, so unwanted hazardous substances should not be disposed of with general rubbish.
For you to correctly dispose of your hazardous waste, the Hastings District and Napier City Councils host an annual hazardous waste collection in November every year. The Hastings collection this year will be in the Splash Planet car park between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday 11th of November. The Napier collection will be on Saturday 11th of November at Eastern Truck and Marine during the same hours. HazMobile is a mobile, household hazardous waste collection service. It's a free service for householders provided by the Hastings District Council and Napier City Council. The below image shows what is and is not accepted through the HazMobile:
While waiting for the HazMobile, ensure your hazardous materials are always stored safely and securely at home;
- Keep hazardous materials dry and away from heat or flames;
- Ensure the material is in a secure container with no leaks;
- Label your container correctly;
- Keep lids tightly closed;
- Always keep hazardous materials out of the reach of children and/or household pets.
We are also familiar with the most important risks that hazardous waste can pose, for example:
- The flammability of methylated spirits or petrol;
- The oxidising capacity of a common household bleach;
- The ecotoxic nature of some garden chemicals.
Visit the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website for more detailed information about hazardous substances in New Zealand.
National Poisons Centre
This is a nationwide service providing information on poisons and hazardous chemicals to health authorities, emergency services and the public. The centre provides excellent information in an event of drug overdose.
Postal Address: PO Box 913, Dunedin
Physical Address: Otago Medical School, Dunedin
Phone: 03 474 7000 24hrs Emergency, 0800 POISON (0800 746 766)
Fax: 03 477 0509