Waste disposal can be seen in many forms including direct discharge to land or water, and sludge disposal.
Waste needs to be managed in a way that the adverse effects are minimised to protect the environment and human health.
Public Health works with local and regional councils to ensure that both solid and liquid waste is disposed of in healthy manner to prevent:
• chemicals and pathogens contaminating drinking water;
• contamination of soil by heavy metals from industrial processes and surface runoff;
• creating favourable environments for disease-causing bacteria and viruses including bioaerosols;
• unpleasant or harmful odour problems; and
• unfavourable effects on Māori cultural values since they place high value on their land and water.
Contact: 06 350 9110