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Hazardous waste index

The below materials have higher environmental harm than others when land-filled.

Waste and recycling directory


Council does not accept any asbestos at the Transfer Stations. Please refer to the Yellow Pages under Asbestos. 

For Health and Safety requirements contact WorkSafe New Zealand. For testing of material that has suspected asbestos content contact Toi Te Ora Public Health and ask for the Health Protection Unit.


To find out more about different battery types and their recycling options see the Ministry for the Environment website

  • Household batteries can be dropped off free of charge at recycle centres at the Transfer Stations.
  • Car batteries can be dropped off free of charge at recycle centres at the Transfer Stations. 
  • Cell phone batteries can be taken to any mobile phone retail outlet or you can send them free of charge. You can also take them to the Transfer Stations.
  • Hearing aid batteries can be taken to the Tauranga Hearing Association, Tauranga.

Electronic waste

Electronic waste contains reusable resources and potentially harmful materials. Computer monitors, hard drives and associated accessories (mice, keyboards etc) can be recycled.

Contact ITS or Computer Recyclers NZ.

More information on electronic waste

Fluorescent Tubes including Eco-Bulbs

Fluorescent tubes and Eco-bulbs can be taken to Rexel Electrical Supplies, Tauranga for recycling. This is a charged service to ensure the bulbs are correctly recycled. The charges include: 

  • $2 excl GST per Eco-bulb or fluorescent tube

For large quantities of fluorescent tubes or Eco-bulbs, boxes can also be bought from Rexel Electrical Supplies.

For large quantities of fluorescent tubes or Eco-bulbs, boxes can be bought at the following prices:

  • 50 tubes box - $50
  • 100 tubes box - $100
  • Eco bulbs - 100 bulbs box - $110

This cost covers the collection and recycling through Interwaste. You can contact Interwaste direct on 0800 102 131.

Medical waste 

Medical waste is not accepted at the Transfer Stations. Businesses should contact one of the following contractors for appropriate disposal of medical waste: 

  • Transpacific Technical Services
  • Interwaste
  • Toi Te Ora Public health

There is a New Zealand Needle Exchange programme for needles that have been used for drugs.

New Zealand Needle Exchange programme

Paints - Oil and Water Based

Resene Paint shop will accept Resene paints free and other brands at a cost for recycling of the tins and processing of the paint.

Paints - Lead Based

Lead based paint (in a can) can no longer be purchased. If you have old lead based paints at home these can be disposed of as a hazardous waste at the Transfer Station.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms only present as hazardous waste in large quantities. For individual smoke alarms it is acceptable to put it out in your normal rubbish disposal. Every cubic metre of New Zealand soil, on average, contains naturally occurring radioactive material equivalent to about thirteen smoke detectors. 

National Radiation Laboratory website


Will be accepted by Solvent Recovery for processing and resale.

Hazardous waste types

Last Reviewed: 14/12/2017

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