5.5 What can you do to help?

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 substances are disposed of carefully and appropriately. For more information refer to the ‘It's time to clean out the shed' brochure available on the Regional Council website at the following link:

· http://www.nrc.govt.nz/media/11711/cleanoutyourshedagrichemicals.pdf" data-udi="umb://media/3d7981c4cbfe48d58dd4df70663d950e

· Dispose of old vehicle parts and batteries appropriately. For more Information refer to the ‘Old vehicle parts and used batteries' fact sheet on the Regional Council website at the following link:

· http://www.nrc.govt.nz/upload/1788/Used%20batteries%20&%20old%20vehicle%20parts%20(Mar%2007).pdf

· Report any incidents involving hazardous wastes to the Regional Council environmental hotline on 0800 504 639.

· Use alternative ‘green' products in your home for cleaning. For more information refer to the ‘Green cleaning – healthy alternatives for household cleaning' brochure available on the Regional Council website at the following link:

· http://www.nrc.govt.nz/media/11713/greencleaningalternativehouseholdchemicals.pdf" data-udi="umb://media/fe66aaca6cf24d85bf389558c937d964

· Dispose of your household light bulbs appropriately, particularly energy saving light bulbs and fluroscent light bulbs, as these contain mercury. For more information refer to the information on the Ministry for the Environment's website at the following link:

· http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/waste/disposal-household-lamps-mar07/disposal-household-lamps-mar07.html