Have you got old and banned agricultural chemicals cluttering up your shed?
Chemical collection and disposal service
We do not collect old paint tins - take these to your transfer station. You can help reduce the amount of certain dangerous chemicals that may be a hazard in rural areas by delivering them to an approved collection point or ringing us to assist in their safe, responsible disposal.
Please note that this service is not intended to subsidise the disposal of chemicals for commercial users. The service is, ultimately, funded by and intended for the benefit of the ratepayers of Northland.
We also operate a hazardous waste drop-off point in Whangārei.
What can I get rid of?
We will accept legacy agrichemicals, such as dieldrin, lindane, DDT, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D in small to medium quantities (individual containers up to a total of 25kg or 25 litres) including the following:
Agricultural chemicals, including those that are:
- banned, obsolete or deregistered*
- unlabelled or where the contents are unknown
- stored in leaking or damaged containers (in this case, contact us and we will call at your property to collect)
Empty containers not eligible for the Agrecovery recycling programme must be triple rinsed before they can be disposed of. See Farm Plastic Wastes
The collection does NOT cover:
- chemicals covered by the Agrecovery Programme (see: www.agrecovery.co.nz)
- explosives other than boat flares (e.g. Gelignite, detonators and ammunition)
- infectious substances
- radioactive wastes (fire alarms should be placed with general household waste)
- waste oil
- vehicle batteries (sell these at your local scrap metal dealer)
- general household or farm wastes
- commercial hazardous waste (waste generated by any process by undertaking for-gain)
- Vertebrate Toxic Agents that have been illegally applied
If you're unsure of what you're allowed to keep, a list of all registered chemicals can be found at: www.eatsafe.nzfsa.govt.nz/web/public/acvm-register
Tips for transporting hazardous substances
- Make sure all containers are securely packaged so they can't leak or give off fumes
- Keep flammable and reactive materials separate from each other and other chemicals
- Line the vehicle with plastic sheeting to contain any spillages
- Put hazardous wastes in the boot or tray of your vehicle, or use a trailer
- Do not carry hazardous wastes in the cab with you
- Keep the load dry and avoid wet weather conditions.
- Check the labels on containers and follow any handling instructions. Use protective clothing and equipment such as a mask or gloves
- Don't eat, drink or smoke when handling chemicals
- Keep hazardous substances away from children, food, animal feed, seeds, fertiliser or flammable material such as petrol or oil
- Never mix different hazardous substances
- Check if any containers are damaged or leaking. Put leaking containers inside another secure container and put a label on the outside describing the contents
- For hazardous substances you wish to store, place them in a dry, well-ventilated and securely locked shed or cupboard and keep them off the ground
- Store chemicals in labelled containers (ideally their original container) with lids tightly closed. Most product labels are available for downloading / printing on the internet.
For more information on safety around hazardous substances, particularly for storing those you choose to keep, refer to the Environmental Protection Authority website www.epa.govt.nz
The New Zealand Agrichemical Education Trust's Code of Practice for the Management of Agrichemicals (NZS8409:1999). Copies can be purchased from www.standards.co.nz or your local bookstore.
If you want to know more about the Northland Chemical Collection, contact us on 0800 002 004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the Northland Regional Council does not collect all wastes, nor does it undertake to do fund all collections. Some disposal will be done on a cost share or cost recovery basis. If in doubt, contact us to make further arrangements.
Our Waste Management Officers will come and collect unwanted rural hazardous wastes from your property - free of charge in most cases.