Find out who to contact in Hawke's Bay about recycling at home, public landfills and how to deal with contaminated sites, green waste, farm plastics and unwanted agrichemicals.
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.
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.
Contact your local council about recycling, green waste, the HazMobile and other safe alternatives to dispose of hazardous household products.
Land is considered to be contaminated when hazardous substances are considered to be present at levels above background levels and they are likely to pose an immediate or long term risk to human health or the environment. Contamination may remain on site in soil and/or move off site in surface water, groundwater or air discharges, posing a wider risk to both public health and the environment.
Some of the largest volumes of waste farm plastic are silage wrap and empty agrichemical containers. Plastic takes a long time to breakdown in the environment and cannot be burnt because of the release of gases such as dioxin. Dispose of your farm plastics at the local council transfer station or via Agrecovery - see website for more detail - http://www.agrecovery.co.nz/. 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). Disposal in your own farm landfill is possible with restrictions.
There is a facility available for the disposal of unwanted agrichemicals that is operated, under contract, by the 3R Group in Hastings. In many cases, the service will be provided at no cost to you, 3R will be able to let you know if you qualify for free disposal.
For further information please contact:
409 Queen Street West Hastings 4122
Tel: 872 7235
Since 1999 there have been key developments in the horticultural industry that have resulted in fewer agrichemicals able to be used by growers. The amount of agrichemicals being collected has however remained relatively constant, partly due to the following factors:
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