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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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Farmers & growers demonstrate environmental commitment standard

Nine successive years of growth for Agrecovery Rural Recycling show that farmers and growers across the country are continuing to increase their sustainable recycling practices. Provisional results for the year ending June 2015 stand at 15,495kg of unwanted chemicals and 240,732kg of recycled plastic packaging collected by the industry good programme. This reflects a 50% jump in container recycling over a two year period. According to Adrienne Wilcock, Chair and Dairy NZ trustee on the Agrecovery Foundation, it was also a year of milestones for Agrecovery. “We exceeded one million kilograms of container plastic recycled since our 2007 launch and we now have over 10,000 farmer and grower members, one of whom won a new Suzuki motorbike in our recent ...

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Win with Agrecovery and Suzuki standard

By the end of this month, New Zealand farmers and growers will have recycled one million kg of plastic containers through the Agrecovery Rural Recycling programme. “It’s a significant milestone for sustainability in the primary sector, so we’re celebrating by giving away a new Suzuki farm bike,” says Agrecovery Foundation Chair Adrienne Wilcock, a dairy farmer from Matamata who represents Dairy NZ on the Foundation. In the ‘Kick start your winter clean up’, anyone who recycles with Agrecovery before the end of June will go into the draw to win a Suzuki DR200 Trojan (RRP $5995), a popular model ideal for most rural applications. The Agrecovery container programme started in 2007, offering farmers and growers free recycling of plastic containers ...

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Double win for rural recyclers standard

Agrecovery Rural Recycling has scored a double win for farmers and growers with the introduction of on-farm collection for large drums and with dairy hygiene brand GEA FIL joining the programme. The new service offers free on-property collection for empty drums and IBCs (from 61 to 1000 litres) from fourteen participating brand owners of agrichemical and dairy products. The brands are Agrisource, Adama (formerly Agronica), Bayer, BioAg, Donaghys, Etec Crop Solutions, FIL, Farmguard, Orion Crop Protection, Post-Harvest Solutions, Ravensdown, Synergy, Syngenta and Yara. More brands are expected to join as customer demand grows. “A solution for larger packaging is a natural next step for Agrecovery,” says Adrienne Wilcock, who represents DairyNZ on the Agrecovery Foundation. “Large scale farmers, spray contractors ...

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Target 230! standard

Our target, your challenge… Over 8 years Agrecovery members have recycled nearly 1 million kilogrammes of plastic containers. Congratulations if you have contributed to this result! Our current target is to collect 230 tonnes in the 12 months ending June 2015. By 2017 we’re aiming for 330 tonnes, or about 50% of all the packaging sold by our participating brands. We won’t achieve these targets with a ‘business as usual approach’, so we’re asking all industry members to accept our challenge to make burning and burying plastic a thing of the past, and get recycling! How can you help reach Target 230? Already recycling? Great, but are all your containers eligible for free recycling? Could you encourage other suppliers to ...

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Agrecovery Annual Report 2013/2014 standard

The Agrecovery Foundation has issued their Annual Report for 2013/2014. It was a successful year for the programme and work is well under way to achieve even more in 2014/2015. Key successes for the past financial year: 39% increase in collected container volume 26% increase in recovered chemicals Financially sound position – increases options for investment to further improve collection rates; and increases our ability to recover more chemicals. Key focus for the Foundation for the current financial year: Increasing our collected container volume Working with government and stakeholders for priority product status Chair’s Report The year under review was the second successful year of the board’s five-year strategy, which has the central goal of increasing the amount of waste plastic and chemical removed from rural areas. In the year ...

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