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Pollution & Waste
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Waste Overview

​New Zealanders throw away 3.6 million tonnes of rubbish every year. If we were to measure this in 9 tonne buses it would equate to 400,000 buses of rubbish – that’s more than 1000 buses every day. Like the rest of New Zealand, waste in Hawke’s Bay is increasing. At the same time we are becoming more aware of the potential effects of waste disposal.

You can find information about recycling, and public landfills and how to deal with contaminated sites, farm plastics and unwanted agrichemicals below.

For more information about waste disposal or collections in your area, or to find out how to reduce waste in your home, business or school, contact your local city or district council.

What are the issues?

Waste management is an issue of growing public concern. The major players in waste management throughout the region are the city and district councils. They provide services like rubbish collection and disposal, sewage disposal and the management of hazardous substances.

Problems include:

  • The odour, dust, leachate, health problems and loss of amenity values associated with waste disposal
  • The management of existing landfills and potentially damaging leachate from closed landfills
  • The disposal of large volumes of industrial and domestic organic waste
  • The identification and management of contaminated sites
  • The safe disposal of unwanted agrichemicals and hazardous waste in the region

What can we do to reduce waste and protect our environment?

  • Reduce, re-use and recycle waste
  • Reduce the demand for products and ensure efficient production through cleaner production so less raw materials are needed
  • Manage and re-use organic material to reduce the effects of odour, dust and leachate
  • Enhance the “life” of existing landfills through reducing waste
  • Find out about the safe disposal of hazardous waste

Who do I contacted for further information?

  • Hastings District Council: Phone +64 6 878 0500
  • Napier City Council: Riki Freemantle - Phone +64 6 834 4152

Contaminated Land

Land is considered to be contaminated when hazardous substances are considered to be present at levels above background levels and they are likely to pose an immediate or long term risk to human health or the environment. Contamination may remain on site in soil and/or move off site in surface water, groundwater or air discharges, posing a wider risk to both public health and the environment.

Household Chemicals/HazMobile

For further information on the HazMobile or safe alternatives to hazardous household products check with your local council.

Farm Plastics

Some of the largest volumes of waste farm plastic are silage wrap and empty agrichemical containers. Plastic takes a long time to breakdown in the environment and cannot be burnt because of the release of gases such as dioxin. Dispose of your farm plastics at the local council transfer station or via Agrecovery -  see website for more detail -  Agrichemical containers must be triple rinsed and punctured and cap removed (so the cap doesn't fly off and hit someone when it is crushed). Disposal in your own farm landfill is possible with restrictions.

Unwanted Agrichemical Collection

There is a facility available for the disposal of unwanted agrichemicals that is operated, under contract, by the 3R Group in Hastings. In many cases, the service will be provided at no cost to you, 3R will be able to let you know if you qualify for free disposal.

For further information please contact:

3R Group
409 Queen Street West Hastings 4122
Tel: 872 7235 

Factors affecting Unwanted Agrichemical Collections

From 1999 onwards there have been key developments in the horticultural industry that have resulted in an increased range of agrichemicals being unable to be used by growers which in turn has caused the quantity of agrichemicals collected to remain constant due, in part, to the following factors:

  • Organic certification – the increase in growers changing to organic production in Hawke’s Bay, with the result that strict audits by organic certifying organizations require the removal of all non-organic chemicals from the properties;
  • Agrichemical Use Restrictions – due to increasing pressure from overseas buyer groups, ENZA, (along with the newly established pipfruit export organizations that resulted from the deregulation of the pipfruit industry), has, with increasing frequency, reduced the range of agrichemicals that could be applied. While this has been good for the environment in the long term it has meant that much of the bulk quantities purchased at the end of each financial year, in preparation for the following season, could not be used so remained unused and forgotten in sheds;
  • Grower Audits – overseas buyer groups such as Tesco’s, Natures Choice, Sainsbury’s and the expanding Global-gap audit requirements have resulted in on-site auditing of grower properties requiring the removal of an increasing range of agrichemicals which are no longer approved for application.

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