Hazardous Waste

Information about hazardous waste services in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Hazardous Waste Amnesty

The next hazardous waste amnesty is to be confirmed. This page will be updated when more details are available.

The hazardous waste amnesty is an annual event that allows residents and businesses in the Queenstown Lakes District to drop off their hazardous waste for safe recycling and disposal. 

Hazardous waste, which includes materials such as glues, paints, cleaners, chemicals, old and new fertilisers, fats and oils, fluorescent light bulbs, circuit boards, and aerosols and lighters, needs to be disposed of carefully in order not to affect the health of people or the environment. 

In 2012 the amnesty saw approximately 3,697 kg of hazardous waste diverted from landfill. 

Residents and businesses with small amounts of household hazardous waste may dispose of it free of charge. There will be a charge for amounts in excess of 50 kilos ($10 per kilo). Transpacific Industrial Solutions will ensure that all materials collected are processed and disposed of safely.


Zero Hazardous Waste Toolkit

The new Toolkit provides information on how we can reduce the quantity of hazardous waste we produce, appropriately manage our hazardous waste, and divert hazardous waste from landfill in the Queenstown Lakes District.

The Toolkit includes a Zero Hazardous Waste Guide and a Directory of Contacts. The Toolkit allows you to easily reference various types of hazardous wastes, and provides you with information on how we can safely manage them. The Toolkit includes information on:

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Car Bodies
  • Chemicals
  • Electronic Waste
  • Gas Bottles
  • Mobile Phones
  • Paint
  • Tyres
  • Whiteware



The Otago Regional Council (ORC) offer a free agrichemical collection programme.  The programme offers free collection to urban and rural residents of agrichemicals and animal remedies.

Contact ORC on 03 474 0827 for further information.

Paint and Paint Product Recycling

If you have paint or paint packaging that you no longer want or need, you can now return it to Resene PaintWise, located at 87 Gorge Road, Queenstown.

You are welcome to return any brand of decorative paint.  A small charge will apply for non-Resene branded products and trade returns to help offset the costs of the PaintWise programme.

Prices: $1 per 4 litre can or smaller, $2.50 per 10 litre pail or larger

Please note that automotive and marine paints are excluded.

Resene recycles the packaging materials that are recyclable, sends the solventborne paints to solvent recovery, provides the waterbased paints for community projects such as covering grafitti and other uses, such as PaintCrete.

See the Resene website http://www.resene.co.nz/paintwise.htm, for more information on the service and what can be returned