Free Hazardous Waste Collections and Drop Off For Residents

The Hurunui District Council is offering residents the opportunity to dispose of their hazardous waste resulting from earthquake related demolition and renovation work at no charge.  Bookings for free collections of the waste from red and yellow stickered earthquake damaged homes in the district are currently being taken.

Collection of hazardous waste including gas bottles, light bulbs and tubes, paint, stains and solvents, household and garden chemicals, car and electric fencing batteries, and agrichemicals are now commencing.  These can also be dropped off at the Amberley Transfer Station during normal opening hours for no charge.

Hurunui District Council’s Waste Minimisation Team Leader Sally Cracknell says that this scheme will take the financial burden of disposing of hazardous waste away from residents.

“The fact that residents won’t have to dispose of hazardous waste that accumulates on their properties themselves is a positive result for our communities at what is an already stressful time.”

Hurunui district residents are encouraged to take up this opportunity, with collections commencing in October.  If residents opt for a drop-off of waste at the Amberley transfer station, they are urged to label waste chemicals where possible and ensure they are securely sealed. 

Hurunui District Council Chief Executive Hamish Dobbie says projects like these are incredibly beneficial to the district as they save ratepayers a hit in the back pocket during the already costly process of rebuilding or repairing their properties.

This initiative is being funded via the Ministry for the Environment’s earthquake waste management project.  Residents can call 03 314 8816 to arrange for one of these free collections.

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