Rubbish and recycling

Hazardous waste


Locations

Auckland Council discontinued the Hazmobile service in June 2012.

Hazardous waste that meets our guidelines and is an accepted item can be taken to any of the following permanent locations:

  • Claris Landfill 
    Grey Rd, Claris
    Great Barrier Island
    (09) 429 0622
  • Constellation Drive Refuse Transfer Station
    4 Home Place
    Mairangi Bay
    (09) 478 9882
  • Econowaste Silverdale Refuse Station
    101-107 Foundry Road
    Silverdale
    09 426 9333
  • Pikes Point Transfer Station
    81 Captain Springs Road
    Onehunga
    (09) 636 6635
  • Pukekohe Transfer Station
    10 Austen Place
    Pukekohe
    09 237 1901
  • Waiheke Island Recycling Centre
    110 Ostend Road
    Waiheke island
    (09) 372 1070
  • Waitakere Refuse and Recycling Transfer Station
    50 The Concourse
    Waitakere
    (09) 301 0101


What can and can't be dropped off

We will accept hazardous waste that meets the following rules:

  • Each type of waste must be defined as "household waste" (see below).
  • The waste must be in containers not exceeding 10L each.
  • Each individual form of waste must not exceed 10L. We will accept multiples of any one type of hazardous waste only if circumstances indicate the origin of the hazardous waste is from a household source.

The following table indicates whether or not the waste will be accepted as household hazardous waste. However, site operators may accept non-household waste at a separate cost. 

Contact the site directly for more information.

Accepted hazardous waste

Not accepted hazardous waste

  • Household chemicals such as disinfectants, swimming pool chemicals, glues, cleaners, varnish, wood stains, paint stripper, bleach, anti-freeze and brake fluid, etc.
  • Garden chemicals such as herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regardless of source.
  • Old chemicals (20+ years old) of any variety, and chemicals in a degraded and potentially dangerous state. This includes materials clearly from pre-1980s which are unlabeled.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
  • Special paint products limited to lead based, marine anti-fouling and bitumous products.

    Waitakere Transfer Station accepts all paint other than commercial in quantity or nature.
  • Solvents e.g. methylated spirits, mineral turpentine, kerosene, petrol, diesel, paint thinners and similar.
  • Specific potentially explosive or dangerous chemicals as follows:
      • picric acid
      • anaesthetising ether
      • potassium permanganate
      • hydrofluoric acid
      • red lead
      • sulphur
      • mercury and mercury containing items, including small items that have been mercury contaminated such as carpet pieces and small vacuum cleaners

 

  • Materials types of brands which are generally not used by households, such as two pot automotive paint.
  • Agricultural chemicals.

    These can be disposed of using the Agrecovery Product Stewardship scheme.

  • Paint and paint like products.

    These can be disposed of using  Resene's PaintWise Product Stewardship scheme.

    Some resource recovery sites may accept paint for re-distribution to the community or at the customer's expense.

    Waitakere Transfer Station accepts all paint other than commercial in quantity or nature.

  • Mobile phones and batteries.

    These can disposed of using Starship Foundation's Mobile Phone Appeal.

  • Household batteries - see how to dispose.

  • Vehicle batteries.

  • Fluorescent tubes and energy saver light bulbs.

    Fluorescent tubes are predominantly a commercial waste.

  • Used petroleum based oil This should be diverted to the Repco and SuperCheap Auto voluntary product stewardship schemes. See www.oilrecycling.org.nz for more information.

  • Gas bottles (such as 9kg barbecue bottles).

  • Vegetable oil.

  • School laboratory chemicals.


     


End of life disposal - paint, agricultural chemicals, oil

Some responsible industries and companies provide end-of-life disposal options for their products. This is called product stewardship.

In the Auckland region, there are industry-provided product stewardship schemes for some waste. They include:

To find out more about product stewardship go to the Ministry for the Environment website.

 


How to dispose of household batteries

It is not advisable to stockpile batteries in your home, as there is a risk that old batteries can degrade and potentially cause fires.

 

Rechargeable batteries (e.g. Ni-cd, Li-ion and Ni-MH batteries)

These can be safely disposed of at your local transfer station or in your council kerbside refuse.

 

Single use household batteries (e.g. zinc carbon, zinc chloride and alkaline, button batteries)

The safest way to dispose these household batteries is in your council kerbside refuse.

Great Barrier island residents should take their batteries to Claris Landfill Transfer Station.

If you use a non-council refuse service, you should check with your refuse disposal agent on how to dispose them.

 


Batteries sent to landfill

Batteries, along with other household rubbish will be sent to one of the following landfills:

  • Redvale
  • Whitford
  • Hampton Downs.

These modern landfills have appropriate collection systems which prevent leaching of harmful materials (such as mercury) into the environment, thus making it safe for you to dispose of batteries in your kerbside refuse.

For more information, including research on battery disposal, see our report:

Assessment of appropriate disposal options of household batteries (PDF 1.12MB).

 

Product stewardship

Some battery packaging may state that batteries can be recycled. This is because some batteries are manufactured overseas where battery recycling facilities exist (known as product stewardship).

The Ministry for the Environment is currently investigating e-waste product stewardship in New Zealand, which may include batteries. See the WasteMINZ website for more information.