Earthquake Waste

Hurunui Council is working to monitor and advise with regard to waste diversion and disposal, to ensure the inappropriate disposal of waste does not become a future legacy of the November 2016 earthquake.  The volumes of waste resulting from the earthquake are unknown, but it's management will continue for several years.

The council is aiming ‘to ensure the safe, efficient and cost effective management of waste streams resulting from the 2016 earthquake, to ensure the protection of the community and environment’.

Using best practice guidelines produced to assist those affected to recycle and dispose of their waste by providing information regarding the demolition process, including identifying asbestos and how to dispose of hazardous wastes safely. 

Transfer Stations

The Safe Management of Asbestos

Asbestos is NOT accepted at any Hurunui transfer station and if brought, you will NOT be permitted to dispose of it.  For information to manage, identify and dispose of asbestos, visit the asbestos aware website.   

Asbestos is a health hazard to you and your family, if you inhale the very fine fibres that can be created when you damage or disturb materials that contain it.  If you, or any contractors don’t plan work carefully and take appropriate precautions, you may spread contamination.  This can settle on carpets, drapes and soft furnishings and become airborne at a later date. Don’t expose yourself and your family to this risk.

Asbestos containing materials were a common building product from the 1940’s through until the 1990’s. Because asbestos is fire, heat and chemical resistant and provided strength to brittle materials (such as cement) it was widely used.  In some instances it was used earlier than 1940, in lathe and plaster.  It may also be found in more recent products, as until October 2016 the import of products containing asbestos was permitted.

A large proportion of buildings built or renovated during this time will contain asbestos materials, however some houses built after this date may also.  Asbestos can be found in the following.

Additional Information regarding the Disposal of Earthquake Waste

For advice on the acceptance criteria for councils transfer stations, kerbside collections and managing earthquake waste, please call Sally Cracknell on 03 314 8816 or email

Earthquake Funding for Hurunui and Kaikoura

A $2.6 million grant for Hurunui and Kaikoura has been announced by the Government.  In Hurunui, this enables several projects to be undertaken including rebuilding Waiau transfer station and providing subsidised asbestos inspections (for earthquake damaged properties requiring demolition).

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections are available for homes stickered red or yellow following the November 2016 earthquake.

Further information can be obtained by calling council on 03 314 8816.  Should asbestos be identified , advice will be provided regarding how to remove and dispose of it safely, as per the required guidelines.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Bookings for FREE collections of hazardous waste from earthquake damaged homes are being taken for the following by calling 03 314 8816. 

Engine oil cannot be accepted via the collections, but can be recycled for FREE via Amberley, Cheviot and Culverden transfer stations.

PLEASE NOTE - household and garden chemicals. ammunition, agrichemicals and swimming pool and spa chemicals WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT Amberley transfer station.  If the aforementioned are taken to any other site, it will not be possible for staff to accept them.

Transfer Station Opening Hours - closed on public holidays


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