Hazardous Waste


Planned System Upgrade and Maintenance

Council's resource consenting platform will undergo a system upgrade from 5.00 pm Friday 4 December 2020 until 7:30 am Monday 7 December 2020. During this period the system will be down and unavailable to all users while we undertake this work, we apologise for this interruption. Details within.

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Hazardous Waste

Keep hazardous waste out of skips

Do you use skips at your home or business? Take a look at this important notice on what you should avoid putting into the skip.

Marlborough Hazardous Waste Centre

The Hazardous Waste Centre (HWC) has recently opened and provides a central hub for hazardous waste disposal from both commercial and residential origins. Located opposite the Resource Recovery Centre, the HWC operates as a drive through drop-off point for the following types of hazardous waste:

  • Waste oil
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and garden chemicals – these can be very dangerous to humans, animals, and to the surrounding environment
  • Small batteries like those found in power tools, electronics, or hearing aids – they contain either heavy metals such as cadmium or mercury, or lithium which can be very dangerous if not disposed of properly
  • Paint and paint related material such as turpentine, paint thinner, varnish, paint stripper, and wood stain
  • Solvents such as methylated spirits and citronella oil
  • General household and commercial chemicals such as cleaners etc.
  • Pool or spa chemicals such as pool chlorine or bromine tablets etc.
  • Fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs, eg; energy saver bulbs, as these contain the heavy metal mercury
  • Old fuel such as petrol, old two-stroke mix, and diesel
  • Lead acid batteries from cars, trucks, tractors etc. These contain sulphuric acid and the heavy metal lead
  • Gas cylinders and aerosols
  • Fluorescent light fittings
  • PCBs from old capacitors which are quite often found in old light fittings
  • Asbestos
  • Fire extinguishers, especially yellow BCF fire extinguishers that contain an ozone depleting substance
  • Explosives such as flares and fireworks

Can't see your items listed above? Contact 03 578 9622 to discuss.

Domestic quantities of hazardous waste are free to dispose of, commercial materials may incur a charge for disposal.

Much of the hazardous waste is sent away for recycling so not only do you help ensure the environment is safe for future generations by keeping hazardous waste out of the landfill, you play a part in enabling the recycling of the materials.

Regional Transfer Stations

Domestic quantities of hazardous waste can be dropped off at all regional transfer stations except Ward. Make sure all hazardous waste is labelled and well contained.

For commercial hazardous waste please use the Marlborough Hazardous Waste Centre or contact 03 578 9622 for more information.

Opening hours

All year except summer period (see below):


Time (open)

Monday to Friday

8.00 am to 4.30 pm

Saturday and Sunday

10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Summer period: Last Monday before Christmas to the Sunday after Waitangi Day.


Time (open)

Monday to Friday

8.00 am to 4.30 pm

Saturday and Sunday

8.00 am to 4.00 pm

See public holiday opening times

Used oil

Domestic quantities of used oil can be dropped off free of charge at the Blenheim HWC, Picton, Havelock, Rai Valley, Wairau and Seddon transfer stations. There is a charge for quantities of oil larger than 20 litres.

Please refer to waste fees and charges for amount

Lead acid batteries

Vehicle batteries can be dropped off free of charge at the Blenheim HWC, Picton, Havelock, Rai Valley, Seddon and Wairau Valley transfer stations.

Gas bottles and fire extinguishers

Gas bottles can be dropped off free of charge at the Blenheim HWC or any regional transfer station except Ward.