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.
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:
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.
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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.
Charges for the discharge of trade Waste and conditions thereof are recovered under the Central Hawke's By District Council Trade Waste Bylaw 2006 The charges are provided in Schedule 1D of the bylaw.
We recommend that you dispose of your waste oil at your local petrol station or garage. See Transporting household hazardous waste safely
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If you have to have hazardous materials at home, make sure they are always stored safely and securely:
If you require any other information please contact Council
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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The HSNO Act is enforced by a number of central and local government agencies, such as hazardous substances staff employed by councils and Occupational Safety and Health staff at the Department of Labour. Enforcement agencies will monitor compliance with the HSNO Act and regulations and conditions set by ERMA. They can issue compliance orders and infringement notices and prosecute offenders when an order is not complied with. Enforcement agencies can also advise you on how to comply with the HSNO Act and regulations.
|Keep substances in their proper container||Store in a way that damages the packaging|
|Read the label||Store or use where unauthorised people - particularly children - can gain access to them|
|Make sure that labels do not get damaged||Deposit in landfill or down drain without first checking that it is allowed|
|Read any additional information supplied with the substance or package||Detonate or burn substances other than fuels unless qualified to do so|
|Keep all the information|
|Clean up spills quickly provided this can be done in a way that protects you and the environment|
The manufacturer, supplier or importer should provide you with a contact number for more information. The enforcement agencies, particularly the hazardous substances experts in local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Service of the Department of Labour as well as ERMA New Zealand (Environmental Risk management Authority), are able to give you advice when dealing with hazardous substances. They can help you determine if you need an emergency plan and give you advice on how to prepare one.
ERMA New Zealand is an independent body established under the HSNO Act. Its role is to assess the environment and health risks and to place controls to make sure that these are managed properly. It maintains a public register of all approved hazardous substances - including the controls on each substance - and produces guides and other resources for dealing with hazardous substances.
Ministry for the Environment
+64 4 917 7400
+64 4 917 7523
PO Box 10326, 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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