Disposing of asbestos waste

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name for a group of naturally occurring minerals made up of small fibres. Due to their extraordinary strength, and resistance to heat and chemical attacks, asbestos historically has been widely used in products such as insulation material in buildings, water supply lines, fire blankets, brake linings, gaskets and pads for automobiles. 

The main route people are exposed to asbestos is by breathing in air that contains asbestos fibres. For further information about the health effects of asbestos see ‘What are the health risks associated with asbestos?’. 


Where can I dispose of asbestos waste?

In Aotearoa New Zealand, there are a number of places where you can dispose of asbestos waste (please see table below).

Please contact the landfills prior to dropping off your asbestos waste, to ensure that the site can still receive your waste and that you're aware of any specific rules or requirements that must be followed whilst dropping off the material. There will be a cost associated to the disposal of your asbestos waste.

Landfill sites that take asbestos waste

North Island
RegionLandfill nameAddressContact details
 NorthlandNorthland Regional LandfillState Highway 1, Puwera, Whangarei P: 0800 499 246
 WaikatoHampton Downs Landfill
136 Hampton Downs Road, Hampton Downs P: 0800 240 120
Hawke’s Bay Central Hawke's Bay District LandfillFarm Road, RD 4, Waipukurau  P: 06 857 8060

E: Landfill@chbdc.govt.nz

W: Transfer Stations | Central Hawke's Bay District Council (chbdc.govt.nz)

Note: they might only accept commercial waste, please do call or email first
 Hawke's Bay
Omarunui Landfill Hastings P: 06 871 5000
Rangitīkei  Bonny GlenWanganui Road, RD 1, Marton P: 06 327 5620
Wellington  Spicer LandfillEnd of Broken Hill Road, Porirua P: 04 237 5089
Wellington Southern LandfillLandfill Road, Happy Valley, Wellington  P: 04 499 4444
South Island
North Canterbury  Kate Valley 554 Mt Cass Road, RD 3, Amberley P: 03 359 1800
Canterbury Redruth Landfill 23 Shaw Street, Timaru  P: 03 687 7200
 Otago Victoria Flats Landfill2780 State Highway 6, Queenstown Cromwell Highway, Queenstown P: 03 445 1860
Central Southland  AB Lime Limited10 Bend Road, RD 2, Winton  P: 03 236 7577
Southland Timpany Landfill72 Coggins Road, 9RD, Invercargill  P: 027 672 4199

Who is involved in the regulation and monitoring of asbestos?

There are many agencies and organisations involved in the management of asbestos:

Figure 1 – asbestos ecosystem map derived from NZDAA – Asbestos Sector Review

There are various rules and regulations applying when working with or removing asbestos. An overview can be found on the WorkSafe website here.

Click here for the New Zealand Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Asbestos in Soil as developed by BRANZ and ALGA. 

A practical guide on how to safely remove asbestos from your home can be found on the Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand website here.


What are the health risks associated with asbestos?

All forms of asbestos have been found to be carcinogenic to humans. Exposure to asbestos can cause various forms of cancer such as lung, larynx, ovary and mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos can also cause diseases such as asbestosis, plaques and thickening of the pleura.

Most people that become ill from asbestos have been exposed to asbestos via their workplace.

For more information about the health risks of asbestos please see: