A free hazardous waste service for householders is provided by the Hastings District Council and the Napier City Council every year in November, when the dates have been confirmed they will appear on our important dates calendar (see link below).
Householders can dispose of their hazardous wastes - for example old paints, waste oil, batteries and household and garden chemicals - safely.
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.
By offering a special collection for this waste, the Hastings and Napier councils provide householders with a chance to 'do the right thing' for everyone's health and for the environment - and it's a great opportunity to raise awareness about hazardous waste!
HazMoblie won't take commercial hazardous waste.
Please contact a hazardous waste treatment company for more information.
To safely dispose of medical waste such as syringes, please ask your doctor or other health professional for advice.
Electronic Waste (T.V.s, computers etc) are not accepted. These can be recycled through the RCN network.
The majority of the waste we collect is in fact recycled, or can sometimes be re-used.
Approximately 75% of the waste paint collected is recycled, the final product being used for anti-graffiti work. The remainder, usually toxic or otherwise unusable paint, is treated before disposal to landfill. Paint cans are recycled as are plastic paint pails.
Much of the waste oil and petrol is used as a fuel source for heating eg to fire a large New Zealand cement Kiln.
Wet cell batteries (lead-acid) are recycled in New Zealand, while rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium and mercury-containing batteries are recycled overseas.
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!
Hastings District Council and the Napier City Council would like to acknowledge the Auckland Regional Council and thank them for their support and contribution
The HazMobile is New Zealand's first mobile household hazardous waste collection service adopted by the Auckland Regional Council and a consortium of councils within that region.