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Speech: Agrecovery Chair to South Island Agricultural Field Days standard

Agrecovery Chair Adrienne Wilcock on the NZ Rural Waste Minimisation Project launch Good morning and welcome.  It’s great to see you all here today.  I’d especially like to welcome Minister Eugenie Sage, our Associate Minister for the Environment for attending and we will hear from her shortly. As we are all aware, plastic waste has become a huge issue – not just in New Zealand – but worldwide. After years of the perceived convenience of plastic packaging, we have finally woken up to the mess mankind is making and now we face the challenge of how to avoid, reduce or ethically dispose of it. We’ve seen single-use plastic bags banned from supermarkets and the banning of scrap plastic imports to ...

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Rural recycling project will clear more waste from farms standard

A new project will support farmers by providing alternatives to the harmful disposal practices of burning, burying and stock-piling of waste. The Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced the launch of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project at the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Kirwee today. Rural recycling programme Agrecovery will implement the Project by offering nationwide events for farmers to sustainably dispose of waste all in one go. This will clear agrichemical and motor oil containers, unwanted agrichemicals, used motor oil, fertiliser bags and silage wrap. “By providing a ‘one-stop-shop approach’, we will be removing barriers to recycling and encouraging our rural communities to participate in sustainable disposal practices for a variety of waste,” says ...

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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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Agrecovery Annual Report 2017-2018 standard

The Agrecovery Foundation has issued their Annual Report for 2017-2018. As New Zealand’s peak rural recycling programme, we are proud of the results we achieve by working with our partners. These collective efforts allow sustained growth in the recovery of agrichemicals and their packaging. Our results show continued success in supporting farmers and growers to clear more waste than ever before. Adrienne Wilcock, Agrecovery Chair ANNUAL REPORT 2017-18   ...

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Geraldine event clears eight tonnes of rural waste image

South Canterbury farmers safely disposed of eight tonnes of waste at an inaugural one-stop recycling and recovery event in Geraldine on May 31, and are pushing for more action to sustainably clear waste from rural communities. In efforts to avoid harmful disposal practices such as burning, burying or storing, rural recycling programme Agrecovery partnered with Plasback to deliver these one-stop-shop recycling events. They are part of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project led by Environment Canterbury, with support from the Ministry for the Environment – trialling new ways of supporting farmers and growers to recycle inorganic waste. More than fifty local farmers brought two tonnes of agrichemical containers and drums; one and a half tonnes of agrichemicals; three tonnes ...

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Well done Waikato standard

Waikato farmers safely disposed of six tonnes of waste at an inaugural one-stop recycling and recovery event in Matamata on May 25, and are pushing for more action to sustainably clear waste from our rural communities. In efforts to avoid harmful disposal practices such as burning, burying or storing, rural recycling programme Agrecovery partnered with Plasback to deliver one-stop shop recycling events. They are part of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation project led by Environment Canterbury, with support from the Ministry for the Environment – trialling new ways of supporting farmers and growers to recycle inorganic waste. More than fifty local farmers brought two tonnes of empty agrichemical containers and drums; over two tonnes of used motor oil and ...

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Rural Waste Minimisation Project Pilot standard

The New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project finds new ways for rural communities to better manage on-farm waste like soft plastics, old chemicals and used oil. Two pilot projects in Matamata and Geraldine provided a one-stop shop - tackling rural waste in an efficient, safe and managed way. The project is based on collaboration between the rural community, regional and district councils, industry representatives, Ministry for the Environment and others. Find out more about the ...

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Lights, camera, action – rural video competition launched standard

Agrecovery Rural Recycling is offering rural kids the chance to show off their creative skills in a fun new video competition focussed on the environment. Following Agrecovery’s ‘Farm for our Future’ philosophy, individuals or school groups under 18 years of age are challenged to create a 2-5-minute video that demonstrates what they and their families are doing on-property to improve their rural environment. Examples could include protecting natural areas, improving water quality or animal welfare, waste reduction or recycling; anything that brings environmental benefits. Agrecovery General Manager Simon Andrew says the competition aims to highlight some of the great environmental work that is being done rurally, in a fun and informative way. “We’ve seen participation in Agrecovery grow dramatically over ...

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Farming for the future pays off early for vineyard standard

Winning isn’t new for Marlborough’s Marisco Vineyards, but it’s normally their wine that wins, not their recycling activity. Farmers and growers who recycled their containers and drums with Agrecovery during a four month period were entered into a $5000 travel prize draw.  Anton Rasmussen, Marisco’s General Manager for Viticulture, was very happy to hear they had won. “Most of our wines are sold internationally so the prize will be a huge help for owner Brent Marris and his team travelling overseas to promote the Marisco brand. “We’ve been using Agrecovery since it started so it’s a nice pay off for doing something we believe in.” Legacy is an important element for Marisco Vineyards: “We have nearly 2400 ha over four ...

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Agrecovery Annual Report 2014-2015 standard

The Agrecovery Foundation has issued their Annual Report for 2014-2015. Another good year in recycling has been had, with 230T of container plastic collected and over 2300 drums collected in its first year of inception. Chemical volumes recovered also continue to rise. There are now over 60 brands supporting Agrecovery. However, the challenge lies in increasing the container recovery rate, not only volume, along with the need to gain more participating members from the pastoral sector. Adrienne Wilcock, Agrecovery Chair 2015 Chairs Report Audited financial statements

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