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Household hazardous waste disposal

Household hazardous waste disposal: Amnesty Days

Hazardous waste can now only be dropped at the Re:Sort centre from 8am – 12pm on monthly amnesty days.

Please be aware that this service is not intended to subsidise the disposal of chemicals for businesses/commercial premises. It is funded by, and intended for the benefit of, the ratepayers of Northland.

Businesses (including farms and orchards) can contact NRC to find out about options for the disposal or treatment of their hazardous wastes. Alternatively, businesses can bring their hazardous waste to the amnesty days and will be on-charged for the disposal costs.

Dates for hazardous waste amnesty days 2021/2022:

  • 14th December 2021
  • 18th January 2022
  • 15th February 2022
  • 15th March 2022
  • 19th April 2022
  • 17th May 2022
  • 21st June 2022

The free amnesty days will have Northland Regional Council staff, and a contractor on hand to identify substances, sort them, and store them safely for disposal.

Please do not bring any hazardous materials or chemicals to any Northland Regional Council offices.

This service is not intended to subsidise the disposal of chemicals for commercial users. It is funded by, and intended for the benefit of, the ratepayers of Northland. Commercial users can contact us to find out about options for the disposal or treatment of their hazardous wastes.

What can I get rid of?

We’ll accept small to medium quantities (individual containers up to a total of 20kg or 20 litres) of the following:

  • Garden chemicals, sprays and powders
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Animal remedies
  • Pool chemicals
  • Corrosive and flammable household products
  • Legacy agrichemicals, such as dieldrin, lindane, DDT, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D

Household batteries can be disposed of at most transfer stations however for smaller, rural transfer stations it would pay to check with them directly. Disposal cost will also depend on the transfer station, although it’s definitely free at the ReSort Centre in Whangārei.

Car batteries can be taken to a local scrap metal dealer.

For information on where to take waste oil, used paint and old paint please see information about your district council's recycling and rubbish.

Please see Farm plastic wastes for disposal options for empty agrichemical containers.

Items we can't accept

  • Ammunition & explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Camping gas canisters
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Medical waste
  • Non-residential waste
  • White goods / appliances

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.

Safety checklist

  • Do not put hazardous substances into food or drink containers.
  • Check the labels on containers and follow any handling instructions. Use protective clothing and equipment such as a mask or gloves.
  • Never eat, drink or smoke when handling chemicals.
  • Keep hazardous substances away from children, animals, food (including animal feed) seeds, fertiliser or flammable material such as petrol or oil.
  • Never mix different hazardous substances, such as petrol and oil, or combine garden chemicals into a single container. This is dangerous and can put you and others at risk.
  • Check if any containers are damaged or leaking. Put leaking containers inside another secure container such as a fishbin (cheaper than trying to clean your car after a spill!) and put a label on the outside describing the contents.
  • For hazardous substances that 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.

If you have substances that can’t be identified, contact the council before disposing of the substances.

Further information

Recycling and rubbish collection services are provided by your district council.

For more information on safety around hazardous substances, particularly for storing those you choose to keep, refer to the Environmental Protection Authority website and the WorkSafe NZ website.

The New Zealand Code of Practice for the Management of Agrichemicals (NZS8409) is an essential document for anyone that uses or stores agrichemicals. Copies can be purchased from:

If you want to know more, contact us on 0800 002 004 or email: [email protected]