Monthly ArchivesSeptember 2020

Veterinary medicines, household weed and pest control recycling projects standard

These projects seek to divert more rural waste from landfill, by seeking sustainable end-of-life management solutions for veterinary medicines and household pest and weed control products and their packaging. This work will extend our existing recycling scheme for commercial agrichemicals to include veterinary medicines and household weed and pest control products. Our current scheme operates for manufacturers who voluntarily commit to product stewardship.  With agrichemicals being declared priority products, all agrichemicals must become part of a regulated product stewardship scheme under the Waste Minimisation Act.   The scope All agrichemicals and their containers, up to and including 1000 litres in size, or equivalent packaging for dry goods that are used for: any horticulture, agricultural and livestock production, including veterinary medicines industrial, utility, infrastructure ...

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Recycling project tackles soft plastics standard

An innovative project to address the environmental issues caused by soft agricultural plastics, such as the bags used for fertiliser, seed, and feed, as well as netting, silage wrap and twine, seeks to find sustainable solutions for these plastics at the end of their useful life. The farm plastics we’re finding solutions for The scope of this project includes, but isn’t limited to, the following farm plastics: plastic sacks for packaging agricultural and horticultural commodities – including, fertiliser sacks, feed sacks and bulk tonne bags of woven polypropylene and/or polyethylene plastic wrapping materials for silage or hay – including baleage wrap, hay bale netting, baling twine and covers for silage pits How this is being done The project aims to ...

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Innovative project to tackle agricultural plastic waste standard

Agricultural plastics, such as the bags used for fertiliser, seed, and feed, as well as netting, silage wrap and twine, are next in line for an end-of-life makeover. An innovative project seeking to improve environmental outcomes has received government support for repurposing this plastic for farmers and growers. Finding the best sustainable solutions for these plastics is at the core of the project run by rural recycling programme Agrecovery. The Ministry of the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) is contributing $178,200 to the total project budget of $196,346. This funding was approved by Eugenie Sage, Associate Minister for the Environment so that Agrecovery can sustainably divert more farm plastics away from harmful disposal practices. The project will see the rural ...

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