Hazardous wastes are substances that can harm the environment, and affect the health of people and animals. Hazardous wastes are harmful because they are:
Explosive, flammable, reactive, toxic, corrosive or infectious
Hazardous wastes are produced by factories, users of toxic products, (such as people who use cleaning products and chemicals) and even households. Potentially hazardous wastes are about 1% of household rubbish bags and transfer station waste, but even though this is only a tiny amount, it can still cause problems.
CHBDC provides a Hazardous Waste collection service once a year. This will be advertised at the time. Check back here for details.
Many of the products and substances we use in our homes can be hazardous if we do not use and dispose of them properly. Products such as bleach, moth balls, garden sprays, oven cleaners, paints, insect sprays and household cleaners can be dangerous.
Together these products can add up to be a considerable source of pollution. The environment can be damaged when they make their way into the air, water and soil. People's health can also be affected.
Look in your cupboards, sheds, garages, laundry and workshop for products that may be hazardous.
Reduce the amount of Hazardous Wastes by:
Gas canisters/gas bottles can be taken to Waipukurau of Waipawa transfer stations and as recyclables, there is no charge.
Aerosol/perfume cans are non-recyclable and as such should be treated as ordinary rubbish
Most substances are only dangerous when not used properly.
But if you have to have hazardous materials at home, make sure they are always stored safely and securely:
All containers should be in good condition - this means they should not have holes or be brittle, 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. If you do have a leaking container, put it into a bucket with a lid, and please remember to do this outside so that any fumes can disperse easily. Heavy-duty plastic bags may be acceptable for solid wastes. Please label the container clearly to help the person receiving the waste.You can help us - and yourself - by putting your household hazardous waste upright into cardboard boxes. This way, you protect your car from leaks, and when you arrive at the HazMobile all we need to do is lift out the box and you can be on your way!
Don't tip down stormwater drains as these empty directly to local streams causing pollution and killing wildlife. It is illegal to put hazardous wastes into stormwater drains. Never tip oil onto the ground or use on unsealed driveways. It will contaminate and pollute the ground. Don't burn as some substances give off toxic fumes.
Paint disposal Charges:
Needle Exchange Program
+64 6 843 8725
Ewaste can be taken to Waipukurau and Waipawa transfer stations. There is a charge for disposal and prices are below.
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. 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 could pollute our environment.
Hazardous waste is not accepted at the Central Hawke's Bay landill. If you wish to dispose of any hazardous waste, please contact the Hawke's Bay Regional Council on 0800-108-838 for further guidance.
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council provides a free collection for both rural and urban ratepayers who have unwanted agricultural chemicals.
Agrecovery Service at Waipukurau - Change of Days & Hours
An Agrecovery collection service at the Waipukurau Transfer Station has changed.
Service will only be offered on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours 12 noon to 5:00pm.
Service is available from Waipukurau Transfer Station only. To use Agrecovery servicesyou must be registered with Agrecovery. Agrecovery contact details are 0800 247 326 or 04 499 6777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You must triple rinse containers or they will be rejected. The Agrecovery programme provides a sustainable way to dispose of used agrichemical containers, which are then recycled into fully-compliant products right here in New Zealand’.
We use hazardous substances every day and in all sorts of ways. Some are so commonplace that we don't even realise that they're dangerous - but they are.
So we need to be sure about what's hazardous, what's not and how to handle and dispose of the dangerous ones. But do you know how to do that?
That's where the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO) comes in.
The HSNO Act 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.
A substance is hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:
Oxidiser and organic peroxide
Information provided by the manufacturer, supplier or retailer (typically, this would be as a label on the package or container) should tell you:
There may be additional information - for instance in the package or attached in a plastic sleeve - depending on its type and degree of hazard.
A hazardous substance supplied to a workplace must be accompanied by more detailed documentation on:
When a substance is packaged for transport, the package must have a placard or label indicating its type and degree of hazard and the driver must carry documentation identifying the substance and the hazards it presents.
All hazardous substances should have disposal instructions on their labels or in the accompanying information. Generally, disposal should be by treatment by a hazardous waste management operator or disposal to suitable landfills in accordance with their acceptance criteria, or, in certain cases, to sewer, in accordance with your local authority's trade waste acceptance criteria.
You can call Councils Environmental Monitoring Officer for advice on disposal.
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