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We turn plastic waste into something useful standard

Making plastic waste useful again by collaborating with industry partners is the driving force behind a rural recycling programme’s success. In the last year, Agrecovery recovered and recycled 308 tonnes of plastic that might otherwise be burnt, buried or dumped – “that is enough solid plastic to fill a rugby field six feet high”, says the programme’s general manager, Simon Andrew. The plastic is repurposed into underground utility coverings and building materials right here in New Zealand. Astron Plastics in Auckland takes the shredded plastic from Agrecovery and makes it into useful products again. “It’s an example of how manufacturers, industry and consumers can work together to reduce the harmful impacts of plastic waste in our environment,” says Andrew. Since ...

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We’re recovering smaller quantities of legacy and banned chemicals standard

Nearly four tonnes of unwanted agrichemicals, including DDT, lindane and arsenic-based pesticides were collected at a Marlborough chemical collection event in May. The good news is we’re recovering smaller quantities of legacy and banned chemicals from rural communities than in previous years. “More recent out-of-date chemicals are being recovered instead,” says Agrecovery General Manager, Simon Andrew. The majority collected at the event last month were fungicides from vineyards. “This shows that efforts by farmers, growers and recycling programmes are paying off,” he says. “Clearing old legacy chemicals ensures they don’t end up in landfills or being stored on farms and creating unnecessary risks for people, animals or the environment,” says Andrew. Marlborough District Council’s solid waste manager, Alec McNeil, says that New Zealand’s primary industries ...

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Farmers & growers demonstrate environmental commitment standard

Nine successive years of growth for Agrecovery Rural Recycling show that farmers and growers across the country are continuing to increase their sustainable recycling practices. Provisional results for the year ending June 2015 stand at 15,495kg of unwanted chemicals and 240,732kg of recycled plastic packaging collected by the industry good programme. This reflects a 50% jump in container recycling over a two year period. According to Adrienne Wilcock, Chair and Dairy NZ trustee on the Agrecovery Foundation, it was also a year of milestones for Agrecovery. “We exceeded one million kilograms of container plastic recycled since our 2007 launch and we now have over 10,000 farmer and grower members, one of whom won a new Suzuki motorbike in our recent ...

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Subsidised disposal for Auckland agchems standard

Auckland farmers and growers are being urged to make use of a subsidised programme to get rid of their unwanted agrichemicals. Agrecovery offers farmers the chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous chemicals, with many free of charge or subsidised – they just need to book here by 2 May 2014 or ring 0800 247 326. Agrecovery Chair Graeme Peters says the collection is a crucial part of protecting the future of the industry. “These are chemicals that pose a safety risk by being left in sheds, or eventually end up in our waterways or on our land.” Safe and fully compliant, Agrecovery supports farmers and growers with a fully auditable report, which can be used for New Zealand GAP ...

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Funding still available for unwanted agchems standard

Waikato farmers and growers have until 28 March to take advantage of available funding for the disposal of unwanted agrichemicals at the upcoming Agrecovery collection. Waikato Regional Council has supplemented the funding provided by 57 Agrecovery brand owners for the collection and disposal of agrichemicals and animal health products. “We’ve received significant bookings for the collection, however funding is still available,” said Jason Richards, chemicals programme manager for Agrecovery. “We would like to see farmers and growers book safe disposal rather than leave old chemicals sitting in sheds on their property where they pose a real safety risk.” The booking deadline for those wanting to dispose of agrichemicals through Agrecovery is 28 March 2014. Many agrichemicals and animal health products ...

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Subsidised disposal for Canterbury agchems standard

Canterbury farmers and growers are being urged to make use of a subsidised programme to get rid of their unwanted agrichemicals. Agrecovery offers farmers the chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous chemicals, with many free of charge or subsidised – they just need to book here by 28 March 2014 or ring 0800 247 326. Following on from previous years’ collections, Environment Canterbury is again partnering with Agrecovery to support this programme. Agrecovery Chair Graeme Peters says the collection is a crucial part of protecting the future of the industry. “These are chemicals that pose a safety risk by being left in sheds, or eventually end up in our waterways or on our land.” Safe and fully compliant, Agrecovery supports ...

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It’s the pits! standard

Getting a handle on non-natural rural waste in Canterbury Rural waste is poorly understood. The types and volumes of waste produced and the way it is managed remainssomewhat of a mystery, unlike urban waste management, which has been the primary focus of waste managers for the last few decades. Logistically and financially, good waste management is a difficult proposition for the majority of farmers and, anecdotally, this results in the adoption of less-than-desirable waste management practices, which may be impacting on our environment. In 2012, Environment Canterbury commissioned scoping studies to investigate the management of non-natural rural waste (non-organic, solid waste) generated by farms and agribusinesses in the region. The preliminary studies found that very little rural waste data exists ...

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Waikato sets agrichemical collection record standard

Waikato farmers and growers set new agrichemical collection record Agrecovery and the Waikato Regional Council collected a record six tonnes of hazardous horticultural, agricultural and veterinary chemicals from Waikato during a regional collection that finished last week. That’s five times the amount collected in the Waikato in 2012 and the largest take back on record for the region since Agrecovery started collecting in 2010. The increase was largely due to the support provided by the Waikato Regional Council and three of the region’s district councils—Waipa District Council, Hauraki District Council and Otorohanga District Council—that funded the recovery of chemicals that usually fall into the user-pays category. In addition, a change in how funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund can be ...

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Agrichemical Collections: Taranaki, Nelson & Tasman standard

Agrecovery will shortly be holding collections in the Taranaki, Nelson and Tasman regions for unwanted or expired agrichemicals and animal health products. Booking chemicals in for collection and disposal is simple, safe and in many cases free. Step 1: Take an inventory — make a note of any unwanted or expired chemicals on your property (Download an inventory form) Step 2: Book disposal online or freephone 0800 AGRECOVERY (247 326) Step 3: Confirmation — Agrecovery will confirm your booking and keep you informed of collection event details Bookings are required by 23 August 2013. For household or garden chemicals please contact your local council as these are not subsidised under the Agrecovery Chemicals programme. Don’t miss out – book your ...

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Getting ready for Gypsy Day 2013 with Agrecovery standard

With Gypsy Day just three weeks away, Agrecovery is encouraging all farmers and sharemilkers leaving their current farm to clear up any recyclable on-farm plastic containers and unused or unwanted agrichemicals now ahead of the big move. 1 June has become known as Gypsy Day for hundreds of farmers and sharemilkers as dairy farms change ownership, and families move their households, equipment and cattle to new properties. “The next few weeks are a very busy time on New Zealand’s farming calendar. We’re asking everyone who is moving to take a quick look around their property and shed now for any empty containers, drums and unwanted agrichemicals and get it to us so it’s not left as a problem for the ...

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