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Many of the products and substances we use in our homes can be hazardous if we do not use and dispose of them properly. Please check the list to see what needs to be handled very carefully and keep an eye out for notification of the annual hazardous waste collection, held every November.

Even a small amount of product can add up to become a considerable pollution source. When pollutants make their way into the air, water and soil, people's health as well as the natural environment can be affected.

The Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO) pulls together the management of hazardous substances into one law that focuses on all of the hazards - to people and to the environment. It makes sure you have enough information to use and dispose of them safely.

What is a hazardous substance?

A substance is hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

Explosive

  • Do not handle unless suitably trained
  • Keep away from open flames and sparks
 Explosive sign

Flammable

  • Keep away from open flames and sparks
  • Keep away from oxidisers
  • Only open when in good ventilation
 Flammable sign

 Oxidiser and organic peroxide

  • Keep container closed
  • Keep away from flammables
 Oxidiser and organic peroxide

 Corrosive

  • Wear protective clothing including gloves
 corrosive

Toxic

  • Keep in a labelled container
  • Wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus
 Toxic

Ecotoxic

  • Use proper equipment
  • Do not pour down the drain
  • Keep in labelled container
 Ecotoxic

All hazardous substances should have disposal instructions on their labels or in the accompanying information. You can contact the Hastings District Council for advice on the disposal of hazardous waste; phone 871 5000.

How to manage your hazardous waste

Reduce your amount of hazardous waste by:

  • Buying only as much as you need
  • Using all of the product or see if someone else can use the leftovers
  • Buying products that are made from non-toxic ingredients

It is illegal to put hazardous waste into storm water drains. DO NOT tip oil on the ground or unsealed driveways as these chemicals can be carried by rainwater into stormwater drains, which empty into local streams and can pollute water and harm wildlife. DO NOT burn hazardous waste as some substances give off toxic fumes.

HazMobile collection

A free hazardous waste collection service for householders is run by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council every year, giving residents a chance to 'do the right thing' for everyone's health and for the environment.

You can download a copy of the list of items that can be disposed of during the annual HazMobile collection in the 'related documents' section.

Hazardous waste advice

For more advice on hazardous waste contact:

Ministry for the Environment
+64 4 917 7400
+64 4 917 7523
PO Box 10326, Wellington, New Zealand

WorkSafe
0800 030 040
+64 4 897 7699
PO Box 165, Wellington, New Zealand

Environment Risk Management Authority
+64 4 473 8426
+64 4 473 8433
PO Box 131, Wellington, New Zealand

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