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Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that non-essential services should stop, the Hazmobile collection has been cancelled.


How do I book in for the HazMobile collection?

This year you'll need to register via our website. Right here! Fill out the form below and we'll send you an email confirming where and exactly when the collection will take place. Why are we doing things this way? We're wanting a better idea of the type and volume of rubbish so we can be better prepared. Please note that if you don't book ahead, you won't be able to use this HazMobile service. If you can't get online, our staff at the NCC Customer Centre (215 Hastings St), or at Napier Libraries will be able to help you.

Right. Ready to go? To book, simply click on the button below and fill out the online form. Three things very quickly:

  • Bookings open at midday on Monday, 9 March 
  • This service is restricted to the first 650 bookings (across both Hastings and Napier).
  •  You'll see there are some questions where you can select more than one answer. At the end we'll give provide you with a ticket and details of the collection. No payment is required.

Book here for HazMobile 2020

How does our household Hazardous Waste Collection work?

Hazmobile collection in Napier 2009.

Each year Hastings and Napier councils provide a free hazardous waste service for householders. The way we're doing things this year is a little different to the past.

  • It is a joint collection on one day - not separate collections as we've had previously.
  • We are not advertising where the collection is taking place. When people register online, we will let them know where to come to.
  • There are limited spaces - as mentioned above, the collection is restricted to the first 650 registrations.
  • VERY IMPORTANT. We will not accept casual drive-ins. You must register online (if you don't have access to a computer, please call NCC Customer Service on +64 6 835 7579 and they'll book you in if there are still spaces). 
  • EQUALLY IMPORTANT. We will only accept the hazardous goods you listed during registration. So please think carefully about what you want to get rid of. Better still, check the shed prior to registration.
  • The collection date is Sunday 29 March.

What stuff does the HazMobile take?

The HazMobile accepts most hazardous materials you might find at home. These include:

  • Paints, solvents and paint strippers
  • Wood preservatives
  • Glues and resins
  • All types of garden chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers
  • Petrol, oil and diesel
  • Car care products
  • All types of cleaners including toilet and drain cleaners, oven cleaners, bleaches and disinfectants
  • Pool chemicals
  • Furniture/shoe polish
  • All types of batteries, including car and boat batteries and rechargeable batteries
  • Gas cylinders.

What won't we take?

HazMobile won't take the following:

  • Commercial (quantities) of hazardous waste
  • School or laboratory chemicals (they present a high risk when combined with other accepted chemicals during both collection and transport)
  • Asbestos
  • Lead-based paint scrapings
  • Electronic waste
  • Whiteware
  • Inorganic waste (furniture etc)
  • Tyres
  • Medical waste.

Getting your hazardous waste to the HazMobile - safely

Original packaging is preferred as it helps us recognise what you're bringing us. But generally:

  • Containers should be in good condition - this means they should not have holes or be brittle. Lids must fit tightly.
  • They must be transported upright and secured so that they can't fall over or leak liquid or gas.
  • If you have a leaking container, put it into a bucket with a lid. 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.
  • If possible, it helps us if you can put all your household hazardous waste upright into cardboard boxes. This way, you not only protect your car from leaks, but it makes it much easier for us (all we need to do is lift out the box and you can be on your way!).

What do you do with all this muck?

A lot of what we collect can be recycled or even re-used.

For instance, most of the waste oil and petrol is re-used as fuel 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.

Other options

Electronic waste

Have some old computers or old-school televisions? You can take these to the Environment Centre Hawke's Bay in Hastings. They offer an excellent and reasonably-priced service.
Phone: +64 6 870 4942

Agricultural Chemicals

The Hawke's Bay company 3R collects unwanted agricultural chemicals. This is done under the umbrella of the AGRECOVERY Rural Recycling Programme.
Phone: 0508 374 768





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