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Disposing hazardous waste made easy

Disposing hazardous waste made easy

Hutt Valley residents will have a chance to drop off any hazardous waste for free at two locations from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 20 August at the Upper Hutt rural fire depot in Park Street and 10am to 2pm at the Riverbank car park, Lower Hutt on Sunday 21 August.

Residents can drop off everything from paint, stains and varnishes, petrol, oil and gas cylinders to fluorescent bulbs and garden chemicals.

Keep Hutt City Beautiful chairperson, Leigh Sutton strongly supports the hazardous waste collection and encourages everyone to have a good rummage around in their garages, sheds and laundries.

“It is quite common to hoard half empty cans and the like after we finish a paint or maintenance job around the house,” she says.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for you to have a spring clean and bring in any nasties … and all for free.”

Upper Hutt City Council’s Consent Engineer Team Leader, Jeff Haste says that both councils are committed to more sustainable cities.

“This annual collection goes a long way to getting rid of unwanted hazardous materials that can potentially harm your health or the environment. Last year we collected around 20 tonnes of hazardous waste that was recycled or disposed of safely to avoid contaminating landfills and harming our health.”

Upper Hutt City Council Sustainability Officer, Roderick Boys adds “residents often call up to find out what to do with the more energy efficient compact florescent light bulbs, this is your chance to have them safely recycled, for free!”

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