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Stewardship key for agchem industry standard

Farmers are coming under far more scrutiny these days by regulators and the public says Peter Thomson of Agrispray and Equipment in Mosgiel. Agrispray run a specialist agrichemical and spray machinery retail business and host the local Agrecovery collection site. Sales and Technical Manager, Peter, believes responsible disposal of spray containers is paramount for their business: “It’s just good stewardship”. As suppliers to a wide range of industries, Agrispray and Equipment Limited deal with most agrichemical users. “Our industry tries to follow the principles of responsible and effective use of agrichemicals. I think recycling fits into that quite well as does hosting the recycling site,” says Peter. He has been in the industry since 1974 and recalls the transition from ...

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It’s never been easier for farmers to recycle standard

Wanganui Farm Supplies have been an Agrecovery container drop-off point since 2010. Manager, Scott Morpeth recalls that when they were approached by Agrecovery, they thought it was a such a good idea they didn’t hesitate to get involved. Established in 1987, Wanganui Farm Supplies is a well-known rural retail outlet. They service the equestrian market, plus sheep, beef and dairy farmers and the horticultural industry. “Farmers can now recycle their plastic containers whenever we’re open,” says Scott. “Six days a week is a lot more convenient than 3 hours once a month like the old days.” The Agrecovery programme means farmers no longer need to have containers lying around on their farms, nor do they have to burn them, or ...

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Recycling service seeing yellow standard

Agrecovery Rural Recycling is seeing yellow since GEA FIL joined the recycling programme in early 2015. The industry-good recycling programme now has 64 participating brands and offers recycling for all sizes of containers, drums and IBCs, plus recovery of unwanted or expired agrichemicals. “We joined Agrecovery as soon as they started collecting large drums on-farm, as part of our ongoing commitment to offer a higher level of service to our customers,” said Jamie Mikkelson of GEA FIL. And it seems GEA FIL customers have grabbed the free recycling opportunity with both hands. “Over a quarter of the large drums we collect on-farm are FIL, and bookings are increasing all the time,” says Duncan Scotland of Agrecovery. As well as collecting ...

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76 yr old avocado grower wins farmbike standard

Avocado grower, Ray Woolley from Kaitaia, is delighted to have won the Suzuki DR200 Trojan farmbike Agrecovery offered as an incentive to draw new participants to the recycling programme. On hearing he’d won the ‘Kick start your winter clean up’ promotion, Ray exclaimed “I’m 76 years old and it’s the first time I’ve won anything of value. It’s fantastic news!” Ray first read about Agrecovery when the avocado industry magazine “Avoscene” ran a story on the autumn motorbike promotion. “My wife Margaret and I have always had green principles, recycling through the council when they first introduced recycling depots in the early 80’s. “We bought the avocado orchard in Houhora as a retirement block and quickly realised the need to ...

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Chapman Onion Exports: “Just do it!” standard

Waikato onion producers, Chapman Onion Exports, have been rewarded for their recycling efforts in the recent Agrecovery container promotion, winning one of the ten $500 rural supplier vouchers. The company, who have been in business since 1977, have recycled over 6,000 containers in 6 years with Agrecovery through the Matamata and Pukekohe collection sites. According to Brenhan Chapman, Area Manager Matamata, the programme is a very convenient way to deal with their empty chemical containers: “We like to be proactive with compliance and were early adopters of the service. We knew it was likely to become a future requirement of customers that we were responsible and followed best practice. “Like anything, the process seemed a bit difficult initially but its ...

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Robert Crawford: “It’s pretty pain free” standard

Robert Crawford, a sheep and beef farmer from Gore, was one of ten recyclers to win during the recent Agrecovery container promotion. He started recycling around 2011 and says that taking the empty agrichemical and drench containers in for recycling is pretty convenient. “It’s just as easy to take them into town as to do anything else with them,” explains Robert. “The staff at Advanced Agriculture in Gore are really helpful and the whole process is pretty pain free.” The Crawfords have been farming Arauatu, their 200 ha property in Gore, for the last 14 years, and say that while they don’t have a lot of containers, the empty containers they do use need to go somewhere: “We don’t need ...

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Proseed NZ Ltd: “It just makes life easier” standard

Seed Orchard Manager Jayne Arscott is pretty clear that Agrecovery is the simplest and most convenient way for Proseed NZ Ltd to get rid of their used herbicide and fungicide containers. “It’s really simple – we have a set group of staff who do the spraying; they triple rinse the containers as they’re emptied, and then when there’s enough, they take them down to the Amberley collection site. It’s not complicated.” Proseed NZ Ltd is the principal tree seed supplier in New Zealand and they also export to over 30 countries from their seed orchards in North Canterbury. According to Jayne, they used to give containers to people who wanted them or took them to the Amberley dump. “But when ...

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Myles Mullooly: “Good to clear the shed” standard

Gisborne sheep and beef farmer, Myles Mullooly credits much of his recycling to his partner Adriana, who he says is a greenie through and through. “I tend to let the drench containers build up, but she whips me along and reminds me to get the containers down to the collection site. It’s great to have a place that will take them and you know they’re actually getting recycled. “We do reuse some of the containers, but there are only so many uses you can find for them. Previously they would have just gone to the dump, so it’s really good to have an alternative. “We are trying to be good custodians of our farm environment, choosing more natural products where ...

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Mission Estate: “Protecting the environment” standard

Steve Wheeler has the enviable job of Viticulturalist at Mission Estate Winery in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand’s oldest winery, where wine making and protecting the environment go hand in hand. “We have a strong commitment to sustainable wine growing practices and have been part of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand since that started up in 1995. Plus, we’re certified to the international environmental standard ISO 14001 and have a number of Biogro certified blocks. “The practical aspects of these programmes mean we have a variety of initiatives such as planting to enhance natural predators and therefore reduce sprays, and introducing sheep to replace mowing. We also use GPS and precision viticulture to measure variations in the soil and grapevine quality across ...

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Agrecovery, it’s just part of the routine standard

Founded in 1975, LeaderBrand is recognised as one of New Zealand’s largest and most diversified horticultural and fresh food businesses. With farms located in Gisborne and Canterbury, LeaderBrand is the largest grower, packer, and shipper of buttercup squash (Kabocha) in the world, and the largest grower, packer, and shipper of broccoli, lettuce and fresh sweetcorn in New Zealand. They are also one of the largest growers of ‘Gisborne Chardonnay’ and Pinot Gris grapes. “The highly discerning Japanese market is a large scale export customer and the protocols they require are applied to all LeaderBrand produce,” explains the company’s Annual Crop Manager Richard Burke (pictured). “We’re certified with NZGAP and have a certified HACCP-based food safety programme. We also conduct regular ...

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