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Are there other ways besides having a spill kit to reduce the risks of spills on your site?
Typically, spills happen accidentally but you can improve your site practices to minimise your risk: • Keep your site tidy to prevent containers from being knocked over. • C ...
Do I need a spill kit?
Accidental spills occur frequently in the workplace so, if you have hazardous substances on your site, you need to make sure you can respond quickly. It’s your responsibility ...
Does Environment Canterbury provide financial assistance when I want to buy a spill kit?
If you participate in Environment Canterbury’s Pollution Prevention Programme, you will receive a discount voucher that you can use when buying spill kits and spill kit supplies. ...
How can I prepare myself for a spill emergency?
Any company that uses hazardous substances should have spill containment and clean up equipment or a spill kit. This should include equipment for: Containing and cleaning up ...
How do I know whether I have Endosulfan on my property?
Endosulfan has been used as an insecticide on crops and turf but is not sold for domestic use anymore. The following products containing endosulfan were sold in New Zealand for co ...
I have Endosulfan on my property. Can I spray it or use it to get rid of it?
No. Using Endosulfan or spraying it on land or water to get rid of it contravenes both the Resource Management Act (RMA) and Hazardous Substances and Organisms Act (HSNO). Also, ...
I have found a dumped car/rubbish/dead animals/offal. Who deals with it?
This depends on where the dumping took place. If it was on a road or a park your local District Council will be responsible. In Environment Canterbury regional parks the Environme ...
I have hazardous agrichemicals. Can I dispose of them through the Agrecovery scheme?
The Agrecovery chemicals scheme covers a wide range of agrichemicals - people should contact Agrecovery for more information. ...
I have some Endosulfan and want to dispose of it. How can I do this?
Endosulfan is an insecticide that is highly toxic to people and the environment and is bioaccumulative (builds up in organisms). It has been used on vegetable, berry, fruit and fl ...
In the case of a spill are there any materials I shouldn’t use for absorbents?
You should try to avoid using any material that may be flammable, especially when mixed with oils or fuels. For example, sawdust is sometimes used as an absorbent despite not ...
In the event of a spill, who can I contact for help or advice?
Environment Canterbury has a 24-Hour Pollution Hotline, which you can call immediately for help and advice about containing and cleaning up your spill. You should have an emer ...
Someone has spilled oil/trade waste/paint onto the road/gutter. Who deals with it?
It depends on where the pollution took place. If the spill is on a road controlled by New Zealand Transport Agency then please call them as they are responsible. If its on any ot ...
The car wreckers next door are discharging oil/break fluid into the ground/stream. Who deals with it?
Generally pollution related complaints should be reported to the 24 hour Pollution Hotline on 0800 76 55 88. However you may have been referred to Customers Services because of Po ...
What is a spill kit?
A spill kit consists of spill containment and clean up equipment which is specific to clean up a potential spill of hazardous substances stored and handled on your company premise ...
What is hazardous waste?
Hazardous wastes are unwanted chemicals or materials which have dangerous properties such as corrosiveness, explosiveness, flammability, toxicity, ecotoxicity or capacity to oxidi ...
What is the Canterbury Hazardous Waste Management Strategy?
The Canterbury Hazardous Waste Management Strategy was produced in 2001 as part of the commitment by local authorities in Canterbury to improve the management of hazardous wastes. ...
What is the Environment Canterbury Pollution Prevention Programme?
Environment Canterbury's Pollution Prevention Programme (PPP) offers ratepayer funded (no direct cost) assistance to Canterbury businesses to help them improve their environmental ...
What is the long-term objective of the Hazardous Waste Management Strategy?
The long-term objective of the Hazardous Waste Management Strategy is the progressive reduction and ultimately elimination of adverse effects of hazardous waste on the environment ...
What is the national agrichemical container collection?
Farm plastic is a persistent and growing problem for farmers and growers throughout New Zealand. Agrichemical containers should not be burned as a disposal method because of the p ...
What is the Pollution Prevention Guide (PPG)?
The Pollution Prevention Guide (PPG) is designed as an educational self assessment tool for industry. It will help your business comply with the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) ...
What is the situation regarding contamination at Lyttelton dry dock?
Lyttelton inner harbour has an area of contaminated sediment. This contamination is the result of historic boat maintenance activities at the dry dock. These activities (e.g. the ...
What is the Small Spills Response online training course?
The Small Spills Response online training course is aimed at raising awareness of employees on how to react properly if there is a small spill of a hazardous substances. The targe ...
What other items will I need to use with my spill kit?
You’ll need to have suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to clean up spills. Here is a list of some protective items: • protective gloves • safety glass ...
What should my spill kit contain?
Environment Canterbury can provide good information on what you need for spill prevention and spill management,. ...
Where can I get a spill kit from?
Many health and safety suppliers and retailers sell full spill kits ranging in size, type and price. The majority of retailers also sell individual spill kit components so you c ...
Where in Canterbury can I find stock truck effluent disposal sites?
There are 6 in-transit stock truck effluent disposal sites currently open in Canterbury: Glasnevin Commercial Vehicle Compliance Station and Stock Effluent Disposal Site, SH 1 ...
Where should the spill kit be located?
Your spill kit should be located near your hazardous substances storage site or use area and should be easy to access. Depending on what substances you store and use on-site, ...
Why is a spill a problem?
A spill of any hazardous substance on your site can pollute the environment if it is not dealt with properly. A spill outdoors may run into the stormwater system and pollute the ...
Why is a spill down the storm water drain a problem?
Usually stormwater drains directly into local waterways without any treatment, which means: contamination will affect a wide area. members of the public may be placed at risk ...
Why was Endosulfan banned from use and being sold?
After considering public submissions the Environmental Risk Management Authority ERMA decided to ban it because the risks of its continued use were considered to outweigh the bene ...
Can an investigating enforcement officer issue an infringement notice if the occupier is out or does not answer the door?
What is a Regional Land Transport Strategy?
Do I need a resource consent for taking gravel?
I want to report illegal or unsafe disposal of asbestos, who should I contact?
Who should I contact if there is, or may be, asbestos in my home?
There is a building being demolished and I am worried that there is asbestos that has not been removed. Who should I contact?
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