A product is considered hazardous (and must be marked as such), if it is:
Hazardous products commonly found in the home include:
- pool chemicals
- drain cleaners
- gas cylinders
- garden sprays and
- insect baits.
Northland Regional Council operates a free monthly household hazardous waste amnesty day at the Re:Sort Centre. For more information and a list of 2020 / 2021 amnesty days, please follow the link below.
Waste and pollution for homes
People could previously take hazardous waste to the Re:Sort centre at any time during opening hours and there was potential for the drop-off area to be unattended. As of 2 November 2020, this will no longer be the case, and we’ll move to the monthly amnesty days, the first one being 17 November 2020.
The amnesty days will allow hazardous waste to be taken to the Re:Sort centre when experienced regional council staff and a contractor are on hand to identify substances, sort them, and store them safely for disposal.
The amnesty days are for domestic hazardous waste, in household quantities only (up to a maximum container size of 20 litres). The amnesty service is not for commercial users and commercial type waste will not be accepted.
Hazardous wastes suitable for disposal at the free amnesty days includes:
- agricultural chemicals (e.g. herbicides and pesticides)
- pool chemicals (e.g. chlorine granules, bromine tablets, pH adjusters and water hardeners/softeners)
- flammable substances (methylated spirits, mineral turpentine etc.)
- corrosives (e.g. strong acids or alkalis)
Amnesty day 2020 / 2021 dates (between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm):
- 17 November 2020
- 15 December 2020
- 19 January 2021
- 16 February 2021
- 16 March 2021
- 20 April 2021
- 18 May 2021
- 15 June 2021