5. Waste Hazardous Substances

Hazardous waste containers.

Summary

RPS Objectives


· Avoid remedy or mitigate the adverse effects on people and the wider environment arising from the storage, use, transportation and disposal of hazardous substances.

· Avoid, remedy or mitigate the adverse effects of the risks to people and the wider environment from existing contaminated sites.

Pressures and state

· There are many industries using waste hazardous substances throughout the region particularly fuels, herbicides and pesticides.

· The types of waste hazardous substances requiring disposal in the region.

· Incidents involving waste hazardous substances, about 70 per year, are mostly fuel spills.

Doing well


· Increasing awareness of the effects of the inappropriate use and disposal, of hazardous substances.

· The volumes of hazardous substances requiring disposal are not large and are slowly decreasing.

· Inspections of workplaces using and storing waste hazardous substances.

· Providing a public drop-off and collection service for waste hazardous substances and carrying out safe and correct storage and disposal.

· Ongoing monitoring and remediation of significant contaminated sites as required.

Areas for improvement


· Work towards the targets of the New Zealand Waste Strategy, including upgrading the contaminated sites database for the region.

Waste hazardous substances A hazardous substance has one or more of the following properties: Explosive, oxidising, corrosive, flammable, can cause acute, chronic, immediate or...
Similarly to the solid waste management chapter, this chapter on waste hazardous substances differs from other chapters in this SOE Report, in that waste hazardous substances and...
Within this section… Monitoring Collection and operational depots   Monitoring Many of the industries in Northland that store and use hazardous substances are monitored on a...
Hazardous waste collection The Regional Council will continue to operate the drop-off points at four PGG Wrightson stores in Northland and will carry out mobile collections as...
There are a few small things that you can do to help minimise the risks of waste hazardous substances on the environment and to people, such as: · Making sure all waste hazardous...
Published: 03 Apr 2008