Hazardous waste is waste that can be dangerous to human health, property or the environment if it is not properly managed.

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These items must not be put in any wheelie bins. Some items are accepted at EcoDrop recycling centres, preferably in the original container or in a labelled container: 

  • liquid chemicals
  • dry chemicals
  • household cleaners
  • used car oil and automotive liquids
  • car batteries
  • paints and associated painting solvents
  • refrigerators and freezers
  • gas cylinders  
  • fire extinguishers
  • garden pesticides 
  • cooking oil

Hazardous waste does not include treated timber, household batteries (dry cell or gel batteries), household smoke detectors, energy saving light bulbs. Although these materials contain potentially hazardous elements, the risk to human health and the environment is small and they can be disposed of in your red rubbish bin or at an EcoDrop(external link) as general rubbish.

Special waste

Special wastes are commercial or significant quantities of waste that are not hazardous but require special handling during disposal.

The following is a list of some of these items:

  • Agricultural chemical waste and containers
  • Explosives including fireworks, flares and ammunition 
  • Mercury 
  • Medical needs
  • lead-based paint scrapings 
  • Decontaminated soil 
  • Odorous materials 
  • Asbestos (small quantities are accepted at Metro Place EcoDrop, visit ecocentral.co.nz (external link)

These materials are not accepted at EcoDrops or transfer stations. Please check your local directory to find a special waste handling provider.