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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.

What can be accepted at a transfer station?

Domestic quantities of hazardous waste

A number of common materials and chemicals are classified as hazardous waste and their disposal to landfill should be avoided. Some examples of hazardous wastes include:

  • Pesticides and garden chemicals – these can be very dangerous to humans, animals, and to the surrounding environment
  • Rechargeable and button 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 chemicals such as bleach, cleaners 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

Domestic quantities of these wastes are accepted at any of Marlborough's transfer stations (except for Ward; these residents should take their hazardous materials to the Seddon Transfer Station).
In 2016, the a new waste sorting facility opened at the Blenheim Transfer Station. This facility has:

  • A container for the collection of domestic quantities of hazardous waste
  • A container for the Agrecovery plastic container collection scheme - containers should be triple rinsed and free from any liquid residue
  • An oil tank for the collection of used oil (charges apply to volumes in excess of 20 litres)

If you have unidentifiable waste the attendant will help you decide whether or not to place it in the hazardous waste collection area.

If you have larger than domestic quantities of hazardous waste needing disposal, please contact Council for advice.

Asbestos Disposal

Strict rules and regulations surround the handling and disposal of asbestos. To keep you and everyone else safe, check out the following information page to find out what you need to know about asbestos disposal.


Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are the gases which were used until about 20 years ago in most refrigeration and air conditioning units. Under the Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996, it is against the law to knowingly release these gases into the atmosphere.

Council contracts a registered operator to de-gas all such units which are dropped off for disposal at the transfer stations. This is done before the units are crushed and transported from the district for recycling.

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes

Unlike the traditional incandescent light bulbs, the modern CFL bulbs emit most of their energy as light rather than heat. This makes them between 50% and 80% more efficient. They also last about eight times longer.

On the downside, they contain a small amount of mercury which, if not recovered responsibly, can cause harm to the environment and to human and animal health.

Domestic customers should take used CFLs to a transfer station for extraction and disposal of the mercury, while other components are recycled. There is currently no charge for this.

Commercial customers should contact an electrical supplier about disposal options.

Used oil

Domestic quantities of used oil can be dropped off free of charge at Blenheim, 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 Blenheim, Picton, Havelock, Rai Valley, Seddon and Wairau Valley transfer stations.

Dry cell batteries

Batteries can be dropped off at any of the transfer stations (except Ward), the Resource Recovery Centre on Wither Road Extension in Blenheim, or at the following retailers: Redwoodtown Pharmacy, Wairau Pharmacy, Mortimer's Pharmacy and Topshot Photolab.

Gas bottles and fire extinguishers

Gas bottles can be dropped off free of charge at any transfer station except Ward.