Drum and IBC Recycling

Make your empties go another
round with Agrecovery!

Don’t leave large drums and IBCs sitting empty on your property.
Agrecovery can collect them to re-use or recycle and it won’t cost you a thing.

How it works

1. Prepare your drums/IBCs

Drums/IBCs must be:

  • Plastic or steel, 61L – 1000L in size, with bung left in
  • Free from chemical residue and dirt inside and out – the drum/IBC must be well drained after rinsing

2. Check participating brand owners

Only drums/IBCs from participating brand owners are free to recycle. Look for the Agrecovery logo on the drum or check our brand owner listing. Please leave the label on for identification.

Brand Owners

3. Book your drums/IBCS

Book your drums and IBCs online.

Your booking will be acknowledged by post or email.

Book Online

4. Collection confirmed

Collections will take place on a quarterly basis across New Zealand.

 Booking month Collection month*
December,  January,  February March
March,  April,  May June
June,  July,  August September
September,  October,  November December

Quick Links

Helpful information to get you started with Drum and IBC recycling:


  • How is the programme funded? Participating Brand Owners pay a fee to the Agrecovery Foundation to cover programme costs.
  • What should I do with drums from non-participating brand owners? These can also be collected by Agrecovery however user-pays fees will apply at time of booking.  (Drums 61L – 210L $19.50 + gst each and IBCs 500L or 1000L $80.00 + gst each.)  Better yet, switch to an Agrecovery brand or convince your supplier to get with the programme!

  • What happens to my drums? These are either returned to brand owners for re-use, or delivered to our recycling partners where they are either reconditioned or shredded for recycling, depending on type and condition.
  • Can I get proof of my recycling for audit purposes? You can download recycling reports through the Members section of the website.
  • *Do collections always occur in the month shown? Generally, but collections may take place earlier in the quarter.

Drums – participating brand owners














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