There are a lot of products that are used around home that are classed as hazardous substances.
A hazardous substance is generally defined as any substance that is explosive, flammable, corrosive or toxic.
These products need to be stored, used and disposed of correctly otherwise they can potentially harm your health and the environment.
Common household products that may include hazardous substances are:
- cleaning fluids – bleaching agents, oven and drain cleaners
- solvents – mineral turpentine, methylated spirits, paint thinners
- adhesives – especially those containing solvents
- garden chemicals – herbicides, fungicides and insecticides
- pool chemicals
- dyes – textile and hair dyes
- stored fuels – petrol, LPG, diesel and oil
- old gas cylinders
- car batteries and antifreeze
Storing hazardous substances
- store in a cool, dry place away from heat or flame and in an upright position
- keep products in the original containers with the lid on
- don’t store incompatible substances next to each other
- always keep out of reach of children and pets
Handling hazardous substances
- always read and follow the instructions on the container or packet
- use up the product before you buy more
- don’t mix products
- don’t use more than recommended by the manufacturer
Disposing of hazardous substances
- If you have unwanted household hazardous substances you may be able to dispose of it at the Refuse Transfer Station on Lincoln Street. Phone 0800 10 10 10 to discuss what can be taken and recycled
- check the original container for instructions on how to dispose of the substance safety
- re-use or recycle when possible
- don’t pour unwanted chemicals down the sink, storm water drain or onto the ground
- waste oil and car batteries can be recycled free of charge at the Refuse Transfer Station.
Some hobbies or occupations that involve the storing and use of large quantities of hazardous substances may require an Approved Handler and Location Test Certificate from a Hazardous Substance New Organisms (HSNO) officer. For further information on hazardous substances go to hazardoussubstances.govt.nz.
Still uncertain about how to dispose of hazardous substances in Hamilton?
Contact Hamilton City Council’s Environmental Health unit or phone 07 838 6699.