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Free chemical waste disposal day for residents

Wednesday July 8 2020

Residents are being urged to drop off their household chemical waste to be recycled and responsibly disposed of this August.

It’s the third time the Palmerston North City Council is offering the service.

On 9 August, residents can drop off all chemical waste - including gardening, house, pool and mechanical products.

Council has partnered with 3R, who recycle and responsibly dispose of these products and packaging, to deliver the service. Residents will need to register for the service and specify how many products they will be getting rid of. 3R will confirm their booking and will tell the resident the time and location to drop the products off.

Photo shows council staff in front of a billboard promoting the benefits of keeping chemicals out of landfill.

Last year more than a tonne of products were recycled and disposed of on the day.

Council’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, says that prompted the decision to offer the service again in 2020.

“Many households regularly use chemicals around the home that can be hazardous to people, pets and the environment. These often end up being disposed of down the toilet or the sink which is a disaster for the environment.

“We are committed to reducing our ecological footprint as part of our eco-city vision. This drop off day complements a range of other initiatives we have including car seat recycling, battery, e-waste and motor oil collection to help our residents recycle as much as possible.”

Individuals can register online at or by phone on 0508 CHEMICAL (0508 243 642). Registrations close on 3 August.