Hurunui Council is working with those affected to monitor and advise with regard to waste diversion and disposal, to ensure the inappropriate disposal of waste does not become a future legacy of the November 2016 earthquake. The volumes of waste resulting from the earthquake are unknown, but it's management will continue for several years.
Hurunui Council is aiming ‘to ensure the safe, efficient and cost effective management of waste streams resulting from the November 2016 earthquake, to ensure the protection of the community and environment’.
Using best practice guidelines and the lessons learnt from Christchurch’s quakes, guidelines have been produced to assist those affected to recycle and dispose of earthquake related waste by providing information regarding the demolition process, including how to identify asbestos and where to dispose of household hazardous wastes safely.
- The Waiau transfer station has been damaged by the earthquake. When using this sites, please follow the guidance of the staff, do not exceed 10kph and ensure children remain in the vehicle when on site.
- All sites are open as normal and charging applies.
- Receipts will be issued for all paid transactions. Pease retain your receipt, should this be required for an insurance claim.
The Safe Management of Asbestos
Asbestos is NOT accepted at any Hurunui District Council transfer station. If brought to any Hurunui Council transfer station, you will NOT be permitted to dispose of it.
For information on managing, identifying and disposing of asbestos, please visit the asbestos aware website.
Asbestos is a health hazard to you and your family, if you inhale the very fine fibres that can be created when you damage or disturb materials that contain it. If you, or any contractors you use, don’t plan work carefully and take appropriate precautions, you may spread contamination. This can settle on carpets, drapes and soft furnishings and become airborne at a later date. Don’t expose yourself and your family to this risk.
Asbestos containing materials were a common building product from the 1940’s through until the 1990’s. Because asbestos is fire, heat, chemical and noise resistant as well as providing added strength to otherwise brittle materials (such as cement) it was widely used. In some instances it was used earlier than 1940, such as in lathe and plaster. It may also be found in more recent products, as until the 1 October 2016 the import of products containing asbestos has been permitted.
A large proportion of buildings built or renovated during this time period will contain some asbestos materials, however some houses built after this era may also. Asbestos can be found in:
- Asbestos cement products (pipes, flues, roofs etc).
- Wall cladding (fibrolite).
- Lagging (on pipes and boilers etc).
- Water tanks.
- Asbestos insulating board.
- Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams / columns.
- Textured decorative coatings, flat and stippled plaster.
- Vinyl floor tiles.
- Textiles and composites.
- Gaskets and ropes (such as on wood burners).
- Lathe and plaster.
- Mastics and sealants.
- Damp proof courses (malthoid).
Additional Information regarding the Disposal of Earthquake Waste
For advice on the acceptance criteria for Councils transfer stations, kerbside collections and managing waste from the earthquakes, please telephone Sally Cracknell on 03 314 8816, 027 240 1107 or email Sally.Cracknell@hurunui.govt.nz
- Asbestos is not accepted at any Hurunui transfer station. For advice on managing these waste streams, please contact Hurunui Council.
- Hazardous waste chemicals are only accepted at Amberley transfer station. Please ensure these are in secure containers and ideally labelled. You will need to notify staff on arrival at site that you have chemicals as these will need to be placed in a designated area.
- Demolition waste can only be accepted at Amberley transfer station, for advice on managing demolition waste or options for skip and container hire or any questions regarding disposing of larger volumes of waste via Amberley transfer station, please contact Sally Cracknell on 03 314 8816 or 027 240 1107.
- Broken window glass cannot be accepted for recycling. This will need to be treated as general waste via the transfer stations. For safety reasons, glass, broken glass, crockery and sharp items must not be placed into refuse or recycling bags.
- Scrap metal and whiteware is recyclable. If possible, please keep metal separate and it will be accepted for recycling via any transfer station. Please note - metal and whiteware is accepted for no charge via Amberley and Waiau transfer stations only.
Earthquake Funding for the Hurunui and Kaikoura Districts
A $2.6 million grant for Hurunui and Kaikoura has been announced by the Government. In Hurunui, this enables several projects to be undertaken including rebuilding Waiau transfer station and providing subsidised asbestos inspections (for earthquake damaged properties requiring demolition).
Funded via the Waste Minimisation Fund, for earthquake damaged households, asbestos inspections are available for those homes stickered red or yellow following the November 2016 earthquake.
Further information can be obtained by calling Hurunui District Council on 03 314 8816. Should asbestos be identified through these surveys, advice will be provided regarding how to remove and dispose of it safely, as per the required guidelines.
Disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes
Bookings for FREE collections of hazardous waste from earthquake damaged homes are currently being taken for the following.
- Gas bottles and fire extinguishers.
- Lighting tubes and light bulbs.
- Paint, stains and solvents.
- Car, electric fencing and household batteries.
- Household and garden chemicals.
- Swimming pool and spa chemicals.
Engine oil cannot be accepted via the collections, but can be recycled for FREE through the Amberley, Cheviot and Culverden transfer stations.
To book a collection, please contact Hurunui Council on 03 314 8816.
It is possible to manage all of the aforementioned forms of hazardous wastes through the transfer stations for NO charge.
PLEASE NOTE - household and garden chemicals. ammunition, agrichemicals and swimming pool and spa chemicals WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED AT Amberley transfer station. If the aforementioned are taken to any other site, it will not be possible for the staff to accept them.
Transfer Station Opening Hours - closed on public holidays
- Monday - 10am to midday.
- Wednesday - 10am to midday.
- Saturday - 10am to midday.
- Sunday - 10am to midday.
- Tuesday - 1pm to 4pm.
- Friday - 10am to 1pm.
- Saturday - 1pm to 4pm
- Sunday - 11am to 3pm.
- Tuesday - 10am to 1pm.
- Thursday - 10am to 1pm.
- Sunday- 10am to 1pm.
- Wednesday - 2pm to 4pm.
- Saturday - 2pm to 4pm.
- Sunday - 2pm to 4pm.
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 10am to 4pm.
- Saturday - 10am to 1pm.