Agrecovery Foundation

Agrecovery was established in 2006 to address persistent ‘on farm’ waste issues.

Today Agrecovery provides New Zealand farmers and growers with nationwide programmes for container recycling, drum recovery, and the collection of unwanted or expired chemicals.

Agrecovery, a not-for-profit charitable trust, is a product stewardship scheme, one of a worldwide network of similar national schemes affiliated to CropLife International’s standards.

The brand owners that distribute agrichemical, animal health and dairy hygiene products into the New Zealand market take responsibility for the disposal of these products and their packaging at the end of their useful life.

They do this by paying the Agrecovery Foundation fees and levies to cover programme costs. This enables free access to programme users.

Agrecovery Foundation Trustees are accountable for the strategic direction of Agrecovery and represent key areas of the primary sector: Agcarm, DairyNZ, Federated Farmers, Horticulture New Zealand, Rural Contractors New Zealand, Waikato Regional Council for local government, and an elected nominee of distributors of agrichemicals and over-the-counter animal health products.

Daily operational aspects of the programme are managed on behalf of the Foundation by 3R Group Ltd who also manage other product stewardship programmes and projects, such as Resene Paintwise.

Safety and compliance are important aspects of the Agrecovery programme, particularly in regard to container recycling and chemical recovery. 3R Group have ISO 14001 (International Environmental Standard) certification and manage the Agrecovery programme within this standard.

Agrecovery Containers and Chemicals are also accredited Product Stewardship Schemes under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

View the Agrecovery Accreditation Summary.

Agrecovery Foundation

The board is made up of representatives from the following organisations, plus an elected nominee of distributors of agrichemicals and over-the-counter animal health products.

Agrecovery Partners

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