Earthquake Waste

Hurunui Council is working with those affected 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 is likely, the management of it will continue for several years.

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

Using best practice guidelines and the lessons learnt from Christchurch’s quakes, guidelines have been produced to assist those affected to recycle and dispose of earthquake related waste by providing information regarding the demolition process, including how to identify asbestos and where to dispose of household hazardous wastes safely. 

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

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).

Asbestos Inspections

Funded via the Waste Minimisation Fund, for earthquake damaged households, asbestos inspections are available. 

Further information will be available shortly or can be obtained by calling Hurunui District Council on 03 314 8816.  Should asbestos be identified through these surveys, advice will be provided regarding how to remove and dispose of it safely, as per the required guidelines.

Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Information will be provided shortly regarding drop of points within Hurunui for the disposal of household hazardous waste from earthquake damaged households, such as cleaning products, paints, garden fertilisers, pesticides, pool chemicals, engine and cooking oil.  This programme is being funded via the Waste Minimisation Fund.

Agricultural chemicals will not be covered as part of the aforementioned programme, for information how to manage this particular waste stream, please call Hurunui Council on 03 314 8816.

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