What to do with Hazardous waste
Hazardous waste should not be disposed in your normal household waste collection. This includes items like:
- Paints and solvents
- Medication, sharps and needles
- Garden and household chemicals
- Gas bottles
- Certain batteries
- Fluorescent lightbulbs
Dispose of oil responsibly. Do not pour it down a wastewater or stormwater drain.
Left-over motor oil and petrol containers can be taken to the Silverstream landfill transfer station. There's a drop off point for these containers as you enter the transfer station.
Paints and solvents
Dispose of paint and solvents responsibly. Do not pour them down a stormwater drain.
Take your left-over paint to one of the two following locations. They will accept their own products for free with a small charge for others.
Left-over paint and solvent containers can also be taken to the Silverstream landfill transfer station for final disposal. There's a drop off point for these containers as you enter the transfer station.
Medication, sharps and needles
Please take these items to your local pharmacy for safe management and disposal. Sharps and needles include EpiPen auto injectors.
Garden and household chemicals
These include pesticides, herbicides, household cleaning agents, and pool chemicals. Please look out for announcements about household hazardous waste collection day.
Gas bottles and cylinders
LPG bottles can be dangerous if not handled correctly and degassed.
You can take your gas bottles to the following places for safe disposal:
- Kiwi LPG - 38 Boverie St Petone, opposite Mitre 10 Mega (no charge).
- The Diveshop - 227 Waiwhetu Road, Lower Hutt (small fee applies).
- Silverstream landfill transfer station (normal landfill charges apply). There's a drop off point for LPG bottles as you enter the transfer station.
Single use batteries (eg. button and alkaline batteries) can be put into your normal household waste.
Other batteries, such as lead acid batteries for cars, can be taken to the Silverstream landfill transfer station. There's a dedicated drop off point for batteries as you enter the transfer station.
Alternatively, look out for any announcements regarding a household hazardous waste collection day.
Fluorescent light bulbs
Check with your local retailers as some take back fluorescent light bulbs.
Alternatively, look out for any announcements regarding a hazardous waste collection day.
If you're a business and want to make sure your bulbs are recycled, please contact Interwaste. They will deliver a pre-paid box for you to dispose of old bulbs. Collection of the full boxes is included in the price of the pre-paid box.