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.
- Waiau transfer station has been damaged by the earthquake. When using this site, please follow staff guidance, do not exceed 10kph and ensure children remain in the vehicle.
- Receipts will be issued for all paid transactions; please retain this, should this be required for an insurance claim.
- Cleanfill is accepted at Amberley transfer station only. For information regarding the types of cleanfill accepted click here. Please note - if from demolition works, an asbestos clearance certificate must be provided.
Hazardous Waste Drop off Days
Hurunui Council is running a further three FREE hazardous waste drop off events.
- Thursday 6th September - Waiau Hall car park from 10am to midday
- Thursday 6th September - Cheviot Library car park from 2 to 4pm
Friday 7th September - Amberley Transfer Station from 10am to 1pm
Through the events the following will be accepted.
Household and garden chemicals
Swimming pool and spa chemicals
Engine oil and unwanted fuel
Fluorescent lighting tubes and compact bulbs
Car batteries and household batteries
Paint and stains
Please note - gas bottles and fire extinguishers are not accepted through the events, but can dropped off at council's transfer stations during normal opening hours for a fee of $5.50 per item.
Always ensure when transporting chemicals to store them upright and check they are in containers, which are not leaking and are labelled to identify their contents.
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. http://asbestosaware.co.nz/index.php
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.
- Asbestos cement products (pipes, flues, roofs etc).
- Wall cladding (fibrolite).
- Lagging (on pipes and boilers etc).
- Water tanks.
- Asbestos insulating board.
- Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams / columns.
- Textured decorative coatings, flat and stippled plaster.
- Vinyl floor tiles.
- Textiles and composites.
- Gaskets and ropes (such as on wood burners).
- Lathe and plaster.
- Mastics and sealants.
- Damp proof courses (malthoid).
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 Sally.Cracknell@hurunui.govt.nz
- Asbestos is not accepted at any Hurunui transfer station. For advice on managing it, please contact council.
- Household and garden chemicals are only accepted at Amberley transfer station. Please ensure these are in secure containers and labelled. You will need to notify staff on arrival that you have chemicals as these will need placing in a secure container.
- Demolition waste can only be accepted at Amberley transfer station, for advice on managing demolition waste or options for skip and container hire or questions regarding disposing of larger volumes of waste, please contact Sally Cracknell on 03 314 8816.
- Broken window glass cannot be accepted for recycling. This will need to be treated as general waste via the transfer stations; unless brought to Amberley where it will be managed as cleanfill.
- For safety reasons, glass, broken glass, crockery and sharp items must not be placed in refuse or recycling bags.
- Scrap metal and whiteware is recyclable. If possible, keep metal separate. Please note - metal and whiteware is accepted for no charge at Amberley transfer station only.
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.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
Selected hazardous wastes can be recycled via Hurunui Council's transfer stations; please note - some items are accepted at selected sites only, as outlined below.
- Gas bottles and fire extinguishers.
- Lighting tubes and light bulbs.
- Paint, stains and solvents.
- Car, electric fencing and household batteries.
- Household and garden chemicals.
- Swimming pool and spa chemicals.
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.