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“HazMobile comes to Auckland City”

“HazMobile comes to Auckland City”

February 26, 2001

After proving a big success in North Shore City, Franklin and Papakura the HazMobile will make its debut in Auckland City this weekend.

The HazMobile is a mobile household hazardous waste collection developed by the ARC in conjunction with other Auckland local bodies. It is a free service designed to ensure the recycling or safe disposal of household hazardous waste while saving householders a trip to a transfer station.

ARC Environmental Management Committee chairperson Patricia Thorp says indications from the trials at five sites in Franklin, Papakura and North Shore are that the HazMobile is a big hit with the public and is helping raise awareness of hazardous waste issues.

A total of 1445 householders attended the trials, dropping off 35.3 tonnes of waste, including 15.1 tonnes of paint, 9.6 tonnes of waste oil, 5.8 tonnes of car batteries, 3.5 tonnes of household chemicals and 1.3 tonnes of garden chemicals.

“The safe disposal of these items is important for the environment and so far householders have responded well to the fact that we are making this convenient for them,” Cr Thorp says.

“I’m sure the Auckland City public will be equally keen to take advantage of the service.”

After being collected by the HazMobile, household hazardous wastes are passed on to companies which can recycle them or neutralise them for safe disposal.

Dates and location for the HazMobile in Auckland City are:

Sunday 4 March – Glen Innes Shopping Centre carpark, Apirana Avenue;
Saturday 10 March – end of Pacific Parade (off Sylvia Park Rd) Otahuhu;
Sunday 25 March – shopping centre carpark, corner of Kepa Rd and Kupe Street Orakei;
Sunday 8 April – Onehunga (site to be confirmed); and
Wednesday 25 April – Mt Roskill (site to be confirmed).

Further dates and locations in will be confirmed in the near future.

For more information about the HazMobile please contact the ARC’s Enviroline 0800 80 60 40.


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For further information please call:

Cr Patricia Thorp
Chairperson, ARC Environmental Management Committee
Phone 366-2000 ext 7047


or

Simon Roche
ARC Communications
Phone 366-2000 ext 8100
Mobile 021 656 380

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