Hazardous Substances

Everyday there are many chemical products used that can harm people, the environment and property. These are called hazardous substances and it is the Council's responsibility to monitor their use and storage.

At Home

For most household cleaners, detergents and pesticides, providing you follow the instructions on the label on how to use and dispose of the products, you should be meeting legislative requirements.

However, if you have one of the following products, you may need a little more information:

Swimming Pool Chemicals

Most domestic swimming pool chemicals do not need any special training or certification requirements but it is important to

  • Read all of the instructions carefully, especially on how to use them, and where and how you can safely store them.
  • Avoid having more than you need.
  • Always keep them locked up away from children and sources of ignition, such as electricity or flammable substances.
  • Talk to your supplier if you need more information on the specific products that you are using.


Containers of petrol must be stored properly and safely. If you have more than 50 litres of petrol (not including what is in your car), you will need to have a Location Test Certificate. Only store what you need to use and keep below the limit, unless you get a Location Test Certificate.


If you have tanks for diving

  • Ensure they are within their test period. Your local dive shop will check this each time they are filled.
  • If you fill your own tanks, you must be an Approved Filler and ensure the tanks you fill are within the test period. You should also make sure your filling equipment is well maintained and the quality of the compressed air is checked regularly.

Who to Contact

If you require more information please contact our Senior Regulatory Officer Frances Shepherd, phone 03 209 0330 or email fshepherd@goredc.govt.nz.

At Work

Hazardous substances at work are regulated by the Department of Labour.

Disposal of Hazardous Substances

Emergency spills

  • Phone the Environment Southland Pollution hotline: 0800 768 845

Domestic and/or small quantities of hazardous substances (less than 20kg)

  • Dispose of at a hazardous waste storage shed at the Gore transfer station. Contact the Council if you have any queries.

Commercial and/or large quantities of hazardous substances (more than 20kg) or
agrichemicals, explosives, extinguishers, gas cylinders, paint, asbestos, used oil, batteries, smoke alarms, treated timber, fluorescent tubes

General hazardous waste queries

  • Contact the Hazardous Waste Officer at Environment Southland.

More Information

Asbestos - Information for the Home Handyman

Exempt Work

It is not necessary to use contractors if less than 10 m2 of asbestos is to be removed, unless the material is brittle, crumbly or has contaminated dust.

If you are unsure whether your proposed work will need to be licensed, contact Worksafe, 0800 030 040. Visit the Worksafe website for regulations around working with asbestos.

Local Information


Public Health South (PHS) will test domestic asbestos samples for free. Samples will be sent to a Capital Environment Services Ltd laboratory in Wellington. Contact PHS for more information, 03 211 0900.


Asbestos requires a special waste permit to be disposed at the Regional Landfill. For more information visit the Wastenet website.

General Information

Visit the www.asbestosaware.co.nz website – a one-stop shop for homeowners who need to know more about asbestos. While the site has been developed for Greater Christchurch, the information is relevant for anyone undertaking or commissioning residential work that may involve disturbing asbestos containing materials.

The WorkSafe website also has information for homeowners.

Information sheets


The Environmental Protection Authority administers the Hazardous Substances and New Oorganisms Act, which regulates hazardous substances. Their website has lots of useful information, including a substance search:

The Department of Labour website has a huge range of publications on hazardous substances.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz