EPA welcomes Consumer guide to domestic chemical disposal

01 February 2019

A new guide to help protect New Zealanders from hazardous domestic chemicals has been released by Consumer New Zealand, with the support of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Chief Executive Dr Allan Freeth says: “Kiwis have been asking us how they should dispose of old and unwanted home and garden chemicals. It’s among the most commonly-asked questions from visitors to our Safer Homes regional events.

“Almost everyone has unwanted or leftover chemicals in sheds and garages across New Zealand.  Left to accumulate they can pose a risk to children, pets and the environment if they’re not disposed of safely.

 “The new Consumer guide will help New Zealanders find out how to dispose of this stuff safely, in the approved facility in their area,” says Dr Freeth.

The guide is based on a survey of Consumer New Zealand members and city and district councils. It includes information on chemical storage, banned pesticides, and a district guide to disposal facilities around New Zealand.

Consumer New Zealand’s research and production of the guide was funded by the EPA and is freely available to all New Zealanders through Consumer New Zealand’s website

For more tips and information on using and storing chemicals safely around your home, visit our Safer Homes Facebook page or our website.