Disposal of Hazardous Waste


Key:

  1. H=Household, G=Garden, W=Workshop/Garage, O=Office
  2. Where wastes are not listed or not accepted, refer to the Recycler Directory

 

 
 
 
HHW Type Possible Hazard Class Source 1 Typical Ingredients Accepted by the Hazardous waste drop off facilities2
Acids 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W 
  • oxalic acid
  • sulphuric acid
  • hydrochloric acid
  • many cleaners
  • pool chemicals
  • acid batteries
YES – Household Only

Adhesives 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W
  • toluene
  • hexane
  • mineral spirits
  • methyl chloroform
  • cyanoacrylates
  • acetic acid
YES – Household Only

Aerosol spray cans <500 ml capacity 2.1 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W
  • methylene chloride
  • organic solvent
  • o-phenylphenol
  • propane
  • butane
YES – Household Only

Air fresheners 6PGI-III H, O
  • methylene chloride
  • formaldehyde
  • isobutane
  • propane
  • p-di-chlorobenzene
YES – Household Only

Art supplies 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, O
  • cadmium
  • cobalt
  • chromium
  • lead
  • hexane
  • formaldehyde
  • toluene
  • benzene
  • arsenic
YES – Household Only

Asbestos No class but fibrous inhalation risk H, W, O

NOT APPLICABLE

NO – See the Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Automotive - antifreeze 6PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • ethylene glycol
  • copper
  • zinc
  • lead
YES – Household Only

Automotive – brake/transmission fluid 3C 6PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • mineral oils
YES – Household Only

Automotive - cleaners/polishers/waxes 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • dimethyl ketone
  • petroleum naphthas
YES – Household Only

Automotive - degreasers 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • methylene chloride
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • perchloroethylene
YES – Household Only

Automotive - motor oil and oil filters 3C 6PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • lead, iron, zinc
  • petroleum hydrocarbons
  • polyaromatic hydrocarbons
YES – Household Only

Automotive - petrol 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • petroleum hydrocarbons
  • benzene
  • methanol
  • MTBE
YES – Household Only

Batteries - automotive 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic W
  • sulphuric acid
  • lead
YES – Household Only

Batteries - household 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • nickel
  • cadmium
  • lead
  • lithium
  • mercury
  • zinc
YES – Household Only
Note: alkaline batteries may be disposed of in the household rubbish

Biomedical wastes 7.2 not HHW
  • tissues
  • fluids
  • sharps
NO – Dispose of through local chemist or doctor.

Camping fuel 2.1 H, G
  • propane
YES – Gas camping cylinders accpeted

Cleaners - all purpose 5.1 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • ammonia
  • sodium dichloro-triazinetrione
  • cellosolve
  • phenol
  • xylenols
  • sodium hypochlorite
  • sodium carbonate
  • hexachloroethane
  • sodium hydroxide
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - bathroom/tiles 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, O
  • phenol
  • ethylene glycol
  • phosphoric acid
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - carpet 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, O
  • butyl cellosolve
  • ethylene glycol
  • mono-butyl ether
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - degreasers 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • methylene chloride
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • perchloroethylene
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - glass 3PGI-III 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • white spirit
  • ammonia
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - hand 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • petroleum distillates
  • butylated ertiliz-toluene
  • methionine
  • ethanol amines
  • acrylic acid
  • naphtha
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - household 3PGI-III 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • ammonia
  • sodium dichloro-triazinetrione
  • cellosolve
  • phenols
  • xylenols
  • sodium hypochlorite
  • hexachloroethane
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - oven 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • methylene chloride
  • petroleum distillates
  • ethylene glycols
  • sodium hydroxide
YES – Household Only

Cleaners - toilet 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, O
  • sodium hydroxide
  • sodium bisulphate
  • sodium bioxalate
  • hydrochloric acid
  • chlorinated phenols
YES – Household Only

Disinfectants 5.1 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, O, W
  • formaldehyde
  • phenols
  • sodium borate
  • aromatic hydrocarbon solvents
  • ammonia compounds
  • chlorine
YES – Household Only

Explosives 1.1 – 1.6  
  • ammunition
  • fireworks
  • road/boat flares
NO – Take to the police for safe disposal

Energy Saver lighbulbs (Ecobulbs) unknown H, O
  • Mercury
YES – Household Only

Fertilisers 5.1 6PGI-III G
  • ammonium sulphate
  • ammonium phosphate
  • sodium nitrate
  • ammonium nitrate
YES – Household Only

Fire extinguishers (full or empty) 2.2 H, W, O
  • halon
  • carbon monoxide
YES – Household Only

Fluorescent light ballast (pre-1980 manufacture) 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • polychlorinated by-phenyls
YES – Household Only – in limited quantities only

Fluorescent light tubes 6PGI-III Ecotoxic  
  • mercury
YES – Household Only – in limited quantities only

Furniture polish 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic  
  • petroleum distillates
  • trichloroethane
  • phenol
  • naphthas
  • mineral spirits
YES – Household Only

Hair care solutions (perm, colour, spray) 3PGI-III 5.1 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • ammonia
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • dyes
  • propellants
YES – Household Only

Insecticides and insect repellent 3PGI-III 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, G, W, O
  • flea collars and sprays
  • fly spray
  • mosquito coils
  • insect repellent
YES – Household Only

Kerosene 3PGII H, G, W   YES – Household Only

Laundry - bleach 5.1 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • sodium hypochlorite
  • sodium perborate
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • oxalic acid
YES – Household Only

Laundry - detergents 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • sodium dichloro-triazinetrione
  • sodium hypochlorite
  • sodium carbonate
YES – Household Only

Laundry - fabric softeners 6PGI-III H
  • limonene
  • imidazoline
YES – Household Only

Laundry - stain removers 3PGI-III 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic  
  • sodium hypochlorite
  • perchloroethylene
  • naphtha
  • petroleum distillates
  • iso-amyl acetate
YES – Household Only

Lawn fertiliser 6PGI-III Ecotoxic G
  • May contain pesticides (refer pesticides)
YES – Household Only

Mercury e.g. in thermometers   H, G, W
  • mercury
YES – Household Only

Metal polishes 3PGI-III 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic  
  • oxalic acid
  • phenolic derivatives
  • sulfuric acid
  • phosphoric acid
  • thio-urea
  • naphtha
  • petroleum distillates
YES – Household Only

Mothballs 4.1 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • naphthalene
YES – Household Only

Nail polish/nail polish remover 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • solvents
  • dyes
YES – Household Only

Oily rags 4 W
  • lead, iron, zinc
  • petroleum hydrocarbons
  • polyaromatic hydrocarbons
NO – dispose of in household rubbish

Paint – lead based and marine antifouling paints  only. Note – marine anti fouling is different from just marine paint. It includes toxic anti-algal compounds. Lead based paint is very heavy and old. It was banned in the 1960’s and is uncommon now. 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • lead
  • copper
  • mercury
  • chromium
  • zinc
  • tributyltin
  • pentachlorophenol (PCP)
YES – Household Only

Paint – Most Types Enamel or acrylic (oil or water based), marine paint, automotive paint, two-pot and other paint-like materials as accepted by the Resene Paintwise scheme. 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • kerosene
  • titanium oxide
  • mineral spirits
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • methylene chloride
  • lithopone
  • ethylene glycol
NO – refer to Resene Paintwise

Paint  - strippers/ and solvents 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic  
  • trichloroethylene
  • benzene
  • phenols
  • toluene
  • acetone
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • methanol
  • corrosives (alkalis)
  • methylene chloride
YES – Household Only

Paint - wastes (eg flakes, chips) 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • paint flakes
  • paint dust
ONLY LEAD BASED PAINT FLAKES Other can be disposed of in normal rubbish

Paints - water/latex based 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • latex
  • titanium oxide
NO – refer to Resene Paintwise

Pesticides 6PGI-III Ecotoxic G
  • some lawn ertilizers
  • fungicides
  • insecticides
  • weed killer
YES – Household Only

Pharmaceuticals 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, O
  • wide range
NO – Dispose of through local chemist or doctor.

Photographic chemicals 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W
  • boric acid
  • sodium thiocyanate
  • ammonium hydroxide
  • trichloroethane
  • hydrochloric acid
  • trace metals
YES – only accepted in small quantities. Suspected commercial quantities will not be accepted.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, W, O
  • fluorescent light ballast
YES – Household Only

Pool chemicals 5.1 6PGI-III 8PGI-III Ecotoxic H, G
  • chlorine
  • bromine
  • sodium carbonate
  • hydrochloric acid
  • calcium hypochlorite
  • copper-based algaecides
  • quaternary ammonium
YES – Household Only – only accepted in small quantities. Suspected commercial quantities will not be accepted.

Propane tanks 2.1 H, G   YES – Household Only

Radioactive material 7.1  
  • radioactive waste
NO

Rat/rodent poison 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, G, W, O
  • pesticides
YES – Household Only

Rust remover 8PGI-III W
  • acids
YES – Household Only

Shoe polish 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H
  • trichloroethylene
  • methylene chloride
  • nitrobenzene
  • mineral spirits
YES – Household Only

Smoke detectors 7.1 H, W, O
  • radioactive
YES – Household smoke detectors have minute traces of radioactive material and are safe to be disposed of in household rubbish.

Solvents/thinners e.g. Tuperntine, Kerosene, Methylated spirits 3PGI-III 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, G, W, O
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • acetone
  • naphthalene
  • methanol
  • turpentine
YES – Household Only

Thermometers / barometers – mercury containing only 6PGIII Ecotoxic H
  • mercury
YES – Household Only

Timber preservatives 6PGI-III Ecotoxic H, G
  • copper-chrome-arsenic
  • PCP
YES – Household Only
 
 
 
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