Many of the products and substances we use in our homes can be hazardous if we do not use and dispose of them properly.
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:
Oxidiser and organic peroxide
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.
A free hazardous waste collection service for householders is run by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council every year in November, 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 at the bottom of this page.
Hazardous waste advice
For more advice on hazardous waste contact:
Ministry for the Environment
Environment Risk Management Authority
Omarunui Landfill Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Landfill Charges||Fee (incl GST)|
|Minimum charge for municipal refuse (excludes all special wastes)||$197.80|
|Municipal refuse (per tonne or part thereof)||$110.40|
|Minimum charge for all special wastes||$224.25|
|Whole tyres (per tonne or part thereof)||Under Review|
|Processed tyres||Under Review|
|Expanded polystyrene (EPS) / Poly Panel (per tonne)||$1,489.25|
|Minimum charge for polystyrene||$210.45|
|Out of Hastings District (per tonne or part thereof)||$195.50|
|Special wastes (per tonne or part thereof)|