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 they make their way into the air, water and soil, people's health as well as the natural environment can be affected.
Enforced by local government, the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO) pulls together the management of hazardous substances into one law that focuses on all of their hazards - to you 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 disposal.
How to manage your hazardous waste
Reduce your amount of hazardous waste:
- Buy only as much as you need
- Use all of the product or see if someone else can use the leftovers; and
- Buy products that are made from non-toxic ingredients.
It is illegal to put hazardous wastes into storm water drains. DO NOT tip oil on the ground or unsealed driveways. 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 as some substances give off toxic fumes.
A free hazardous waste service for householders is provided by the Hastings District Council and the Napier City Council every year in November, giving householders 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 HazMobile will collect from the related documents below.
Hazardous waste advice
For more advice on hazardous waste
Ministry for the Environment
Environment Risk Management Authority
Omarunui Landfill Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
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)||$180.55|
|Municipal refuse (per tonne or part thereof)||$101.20|
|Minimum charge for all special wastes||$210.45|
|Whole tyres (per tonne or part thereof)||Under Review|
|Processed tyres||Under Review|
|Expanded polystyrene (EPS) / Poly Panel (per tonne)||$1,477.75|
|Poly planel cut to lengths less then 3m||$977.50|
|Out of Hastings District (per tonne or part thereof)||$184.00|
|Special wastes (per tonne or part thereof)|