Waste is any material – solid, liquid or gas – that is unwanted and disposed of by its owner. Hazardous waste has one or more properties that make it harmful to the environment and/or people.

The Northland Regional Council offers a service to Northland ratepayers to collect, store and dispose of hazardous waste substances from around the region. Council staff also monitor contaminated sites and closed and operational landfills in the region, to check that they are not having a significant negative effect on the surrounding environment.

The council also works with industry and the local community to try and reduce the amount of waste produced in the region.

Mercury thermometers and waste mercury.Mercury thermometers and waste mercury which form part of the hazardous waste collection.