Hazardous waste

Find out how to safely dispose of hazardous waste.


About hazardous waste

Hazardous waste is anything that could be dangerous for people or the environment. You shouldn't put it into your normal household rubbish.

How to get rid of hazardous waste

Here are the different kinds of hazardous waste and how you can get rid of them.

  • Don't pour oil down your sink 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.

  • Don't pour paints and solvents down your sink or stormwater drain.
  • 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.
  • Take your left-over paint to Resene or Dulux. They'll accept their own products for free, and charge a small fee for paints and solvents from other shops.

Paintwise programme

Paint Take-Back Service

  • Take these items to your local pharmacy for safe management and disposal.
  • Sharps and needles include EpiPen auto injectors.

Please take pesticides, herbicides, household cleaning agents, and pool chemicals to the Silverstream landfill transfer station. There is a drop off point for these waste items as you enter the transfer station

LPG bottles can be dangerous if not handled correctly and degassed. Take your gas bottles to the following places for safe disposal for a small charge:

  • The Diveshop
  • Please take old gas bottles to Silverstream landfill transfer station. There's a drop off point for these 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 or lithium-ion batteries, can be taken to the Silverstream landfill transfer station. There's a dedicated drop off point for batteries as you enter the transfer station.

  • Some retailers will take your fluorescent light bulbs. Talk to your local shop.
  • Businesses can recycle bulbs through Interwaste.

For more information

To find out more information use the What goes in the bins?  search on the Too Good to Waste website