Earthquake Waste

Transfer Stations

The Safe Management of Asbestos

Asbestos is NOT accepted at any Hurunui District Council transfer station.  If brought to any Hurunui Council transfer station, you will NOT be permitted to dispose of it.

For information on managing, identifying and disposing of asbestos, please 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 you use, 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, chemical and noise resistant as well as providing added strength to otherwise brittle materials (such as cement) it was widely used.  In some instances it was used earlier than 1940, such as in lathe and plaster.  It may also be found in more recent products, as until the 1 October 2016 the import of products containing asbestos has been permitted.

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

Additional Information regarding the Disposal of Earthquake Waste

For advice on the acceptance criteria for Councils transfer stations, kerbside collections and managing waste from the earthquakes, please telephone Sally Cracknell on 03 314 8816, 027 240 1107 or email

Unwanted or Expired Agrichemical Collections.

Agrecovery, in conjunction with Canterbury Regional Council, will shortly be holding collections for unwanted or expired agrichemicals in the Hurunui region.

This service is free or subsidised for the majority of chemicals thanks to the support of 65 brand owners and Environment Canterbury.

The booking deadline for Canterbury is Friday 26th May.

Booking your chemicals for disposal is simple:

Step 1 - Take an inventory: An inventory form is available online or you can request a postal booking form on 0800 247 326.

Step 2 - Book disposal: Book disposal online or return your booking form to Agrecovery, PO Box 1216, Hastings 4156.  Bookings must be received prior to the booking deadline.

Step 3 - Confirmation: Agrecovery will confirm your booking and, once the booking deadline has passed, advise if any costs apply to collect your chemicals.  You can then choose whether to proceed with all, part or none of the booking.  Collections take place in the months following confirmation.

Further information is available at or on freephone 0800 247 326.

Don’t miss out – book your unwanted or expired agrichemicals for disposal today.

Earthquake Funding for the Hurunui and Kaikoura Districts 

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).

Updates will be provided, as projects develop.

Transfer Station Opening Hours.


Hanmer Springs




The Amberley transfer station is open as per normal.