Hazardous Waste

Information about hazardous waste services in the Queenstown Lakes District.

Hazardous waste is accepted at both our Transfer Stations by prior arrangement only.   Approved Handlers are required to be on site to receive the hazardous waste.  Contact Queenstown Transfer Station on 03 441 0499  or Wanaka Transfer Station on 03 443 0024 to arrange a drop off. 

The acceptance criteria are as follows:

Accepted Not Accepted
Class 2,3,4,5,6 (not cyanide), 8 & 9 Class 1,6 (cyanide), 7 (please contact the police)
Container must be labelled  Unlabelled container
Unlabelled container must be accompanied by a safety data sheet (MSDS) Leaking container
Quantities must not exceed 100kg or 100 litres Quantities over 100kg or 100 litres

For any Hazardous Waste you have that is Not Accepted at our Transfer Stations please contact Waste Management Technical Services (WMTS) on 03 376 4191 to discuss disposal options.


Charges for disposing of hazardous waste at our Transfer Stations are as follows:

Up to 20kg or 20 litres - $10 flat fee

Greater than 20kg or 20 litres - $10 per kg for each kg over 20kg up to a maximum of 100kg or 100 litres



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