Many materials and chemicals that are routinely used in our homes, farms and workplaces may be hazardous or contain hazardous chemicals.
When these products are no longer needed you must dispose of them safely so the environment is not contaminated and there is no risk to people's health.
Some waste materials are not suitable for disposal at Resource Recovery Centres and are termed 'special waste'. This waste is accepted on application at the York Valley Landfill, providing certain criteria are met.
For more information please contact Nelson City Council.
Asbestos is a toxic building material which requires specialised disposal. It is not suitable for disposal at Resource Recovery Centres and is termed 'special waste'.
Asbestos can be present in construction and cladding materials, including old vinyl or floor tiles, lagging/insulation, decorative ceilings, roofing and cement pipes.
The inhalation of asbestos fibres or dust can be damaging to your health. Asbestos should only be handled in accordance with recommended guidelines.
We strongly recommend contracting licenced asbestos handlers to advise you on inspection and removal of any asbestos material or material that you think may contain asbestos.
Asbestos is not suitable for disposal at Resource Recovery Centres and is termed 'special waste'.
This waste is accepted on application at the York Valley Landfill, providing certain criteria are met.
For more information email Graham Poxon at Nelson City Council.
At present the local contractors are:
Visit Worksafe New Zealand’s website for information about:
Commercial premises are responsible for the correct disposal of hazardous wastes that they produce.
There are a number of companies that specialise in the disposal of commercial hazardous wastes. Such companies are listed in the Yellow Pages and similar directories.
Please contact the local Police if you have any unwanted explosives.
Most people use various chemicals and substances in and around their households.
Common examples are old garden sprays, household cleaners, paint, glues, batteries and chemicals used in hobbies (e.g. pottery, lead-lighting). Putting out hazardous chemicals with general household rubbish can do a lot of damage. If the packaging is old and deteriorating the contents can present a hazard to kerbside waste collection staff.
Once placed in a landfill, the wastes can leach through soils, contaminating groundwater and even affect the food chain.
For the safe disposal of household hazardous wastes, Tasman District Council provides a drop-off service in conjunction with Nelson City Council.
Tasman District Council remains legally responsible for the waste it accepts and it is therefore necessary to get authorisation for disposal prior to using the service to ensure everything is done safely.
There is a nominal fee to be paid at the Nelson City Council Transfer Station for use of the service.
It is your responsibility to obtain the required documentation and transport the household hazardous wastes to the Nelson City Council Refuse Transfer Station in Vivian Place (off Pascoe Street) Tahunanui for disposal.
Download and complete the form below to request approval to use the service for your waste. Details of where to send it are on the form.
Make sure the household hazardous wastes are safely wrapped and contained, preferably in their original containers and include all labelling and other information. The packaged wastes should not be able to leak or mix with other packaged waste. Do not combine different hazardous wastes into the same container.
Essentially all household chemicals are accepted.
If you have an unknown substance and are not sure what it is, please provide any information you can, such as quantity, age, type of packaging, what it was used for (e.g. controlling insect pests on cabbages or fungus growth on leaves) etc. This will assist staff to identify the substance.
Some hazardous waste will not be accepted through this process and need to be handled by other agencies. The following items will NOT be accepted:
Any queries about household hazardous wastes and their disposal should be directed to Council's Resource Scientist - Contaminants.
Contact Resource Scientist - Contaminants