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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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Agrichemical collections kick off for 2013 standard

Agrecovery’s chemical collection programme kicks off for 2013 Agrecovery is urging all farmers and growers to take a look in their sheds and get rid of any unwanted or expired chemicals through one of the eight regional agrichemical collections it has planned this year. The first collections for 2013 start shortly in Waikato, Otago and Southland and those wanting to dispose of unwanted chemicals need to book with Agrecovery by 8 March. A collection in Canterbury is also planned shortly afterwards with bookings required by 22 March. Many agrichemicals and animal health products are eligible for free disposal through the support of the 59 brand owners who participate in the Agrecovery programme, while others are subsidised through central government and ...

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Waste to be avoided by new shelf life rules standard

The following items outline the issues and new rules around shelf life expiry dates. Clear up confusion over shelf life statements Source: – January 2012 Eighty-six percent of over 1000 Sunday Star-Times readers polled said they bought food and threw it away, despite rising costs at the checkout. Food past its use-by date makes up nearly half of what is thrown out. A zero-waste advocate said that food was routinely thrown out before it went off because people mistake best-before dates for use-by dates. Wasting food was bigger than just a personal cost issue, because it also wasted the efforts of producing, packaging and transporting it. Snap! Exactly the same situation happens with agrichemicals. People are discarding or returning ...

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Chemical recovery ramps up in New Year standard

The Agrecovery Chemicals recovery programme will be holding six regional collections for unwanted or expired agrichemicals early in the New Year. Collections will be held in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Taranaki, Manawatu (including Ruahephu, Wanganui, Rangitikei and Horowhenua districts), Nelson and the Greater Wellington region (including Wairarapa and Kapiti). Ten regional collections held during the 2010 – 2011 financial period resulted in just over 15,000kg of unwanted agrichemicals cleared from rural properties. The three largest collections were held in Canterbury, Otago and Auckland recovering 2,060kg, 1,921kg and 1,908kg respectively. Debbie Sherwood, Coordinator for the Agrecovery Chemicals programme said “It’s great to see farmers and growers taking advantage of the programme to clear their properties of old or unwanted chemicals, ...

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Reducing unwanted agrichemical stocks standard

Chemicals, unable to be disposed of within New Zealand, are transferred offshore for safe disposal. The collection of unwanted agrichemicals this year is set to be stronger than 2010’s record of nearly 10 tonnes collected through the nationwide Agrecovery Chemicals Programme. Otago topped the seven regional collections in 2010 with 1921 kilograms collected. According to Debbie Sherwood, coordinator for the Agrecovery Chemicals programme, booking volumes have been equally strong in 2011, showing chemicals are still a problem on many properties. “We have completed three collections so far this year, with a record 2060 kg collected in Canterbury. Four other regional collections are in the planning stages, including the Otago/Southland collection where bookings close on 2nd September.” According to Debbie unwanted ...

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Agrecovery on Country99 TV standard

Country99 TV’s Sector Report for Tuesday 31 May 2011 covered a topic close to our hearts here at Agrecovery: Recycling! Gareth Mentzer, National Operations Manager for Agrecovery, spoke to reporter Drew Chappell. You can view the full Sector Report here on YouTube. Alternatively, watch the Agrecovery segment below. Please note, the report suggests that the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard sets the international standard for container recycling. In fact, international best practice for agrichemical container product stewardship is set by Crop Life International. Agrecovery’s adherence to these standards is however audited to the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard.

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Authority revokes approvals for fungicide quintozene standard

The Environmental Risk Management Authority has revoked the approvals for the fungicide quintozene, due to dioxin impurities. Quintozene is used commercially on seedlings, bulbs and recreational turf in New Zealand. The decision to review the substance came after dioxin impurities were found in quintozene products in Australia at levels that may have presented health risks to workers who frequently applied them. Dioxins are on the list of substances covered by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. As a party to the Convention, New Zealand is committed to reducing releases of dioxin to the environment. Only one quintozene-containing product, Terraclor 75 WP, is registered in New Zealand. Importer Nufarm took steps to ensure no new stock was imported or sold ...

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