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On this page you will find information and links relating to landfills, hazardous waste, agrichemical disposal and recycling within the Hawke’s Bay. Find out who to contact at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and your local City of District Council for further information.
New Zealanders throw away 3.6 million tonnes of rubbish every year. If we were to measure this in 9 tonne buses it would equate to 400,000 buses of rubbish – that’s more than 1000 buses every day. Like the rest of New Zealand, waste in Hawke’s Bay is increasing. At the same time we are becoming more aware of the potential effects of waste disposal.
You can find information about recycling, and public landfills and how to deal with contaminated sites, farm plastics and unwanted agrichemicals below.
For more information about waste disposal or collections in your area, or to find out how to reduce waste in your home, business or school, contact your local city or district council.
Waste management is an issue of growing public concern. The major players in waste management throughout the region are the city and district councils. They provide services like rubbish collection and disposal, sewage disposal and the management of hazardous substances.
For further information about recycling, green waste, Haz mobile collection and other options for disposal of hazardous waste contact your local council.
Some of the largest volumes of waste farm plastic are silage wrap and empty agrichemical containers. One of the best options is to reduce the on farm use of agricultural plastics. Storing silage in covered barns is a great option to reduce you footprint and reduce reliance on plastics. Dispose of your farm plastics at the local council transfer station or via Agrecovery. Agrichemical containers must be triple rinsed and punctured and cap removed (so the cap doesn't fly off and hit someone when it is crushed).
Plastic bale and silage wrap can be recycled through a product stewardship scheme operated by Plasback who offer an on farm collection service.
Agrecovery operate product stewardship schemes for many common agrichemical brands. Smaller plastic chemical containers and larger drums can be recycled through there on farm collection service or regular drop off events. For more information visit the Agrecovery website.
Farm and agricultural plastics that cannot be substituted for more sustainable materials or methods should be recycled appropriately where possible. Plasback New Zealand offer a range of recycling and collection options for many common agricultural plastics including bale wrap, feed bags, woven polypropylene bags, and shrink wrap.
To arrange a collection or find out what other services are offered please visit Plasback
The Hawke’s Bay regional Council in cooperation with Agrecovery provide a facility for the disposal of unwanted agrichemicals. This is operated on behalf of the Council by the 3R Group. In many cases the service will be provided at no cost to you. Contact 3R Group or visit their website to book a collection, they will be able to let you know if you qualify for free collection:
409 Queen Street, Hastings, 4122
Tel: 06 872 7235
Since 1999 there have been key developments in the horticultural industry that have resulted in fewer petrochemicals able to be used by growers. The amount of agrichemicals being collected has however remained relatively constant, party due to the following factors:
Growing public awareness of the known and unknown impacts of chemicals on our health and environment are driving responsible disposal practices.
If you have an environmental asbestos incident or complaint to report please contact our pollution hotline as soon as possible on +64 0800 108 838.
Asbestos is a common problem throughout New Zealand and may be present in buildings and structures built between 1950 and 2000. Worksafe New Zealand provide comprehensive information on asbestos and how to manage it whether you are a home owner, business or industry. Professionals working with asbestos are required to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act. We always recommend that you engage a professional asbestos operator if you suspect that you may encounter asbestos during the work. If you are carrying out the work on your own property ensure that you learn about the risks and precautions before starting any work yourself.
Disposing of Asbestos, asbestos should always be disposed of by a registered professional. Transfer stations within the Hawke’s Bay do not accept asbestos and it can only be disposed of at Omarunui Landfill, Farm road Landfill and Wairoa Landfill by registered asbestos removalists.
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