In 2011 Environment Canterbury received $1,006,972 from the Waste Minimisation Fund towards a post-earthquake recovery project.
The objective was to reduce risks to human health and the environment by removing hazardous household waste from residential red-zoned properties before they were demolished. This hazardous waste would otherwise go to landfill with demolition debris.
Since the project started in 2012, 6,768 residential red-zoned properties have been inspected - approximately 84% of the red-zoned properties. In total 333.81 tonnes of hazardous waste was collected from 2,262 properties and appropriately disposed of by licenced hazardous waste disposal contractors.
The waste streams collected were:
- Paint 79%
- Household chemicals 9%
- Other 4%
- Waste Oil 3%
- Agricultural chemicals 2%
- Car batteries 2%
- Solvents 1%
Demolition contractors and residents actively participated in the programme. Great collaboration between public and private sector organisations made this a highly successful project.