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Getting a handle on non-natural rural waste in Canterbury Rural waste is poorly understood. The types and volumes of waste produced and the way it is managed remainssomewhat of a mystery, unlike urban waste management, which has been the primary focus of waste managers for the last few decades. Logistically and financially, good waste management is a difficult proposition for the majority of farmers and, anecdotally, this results in the adoption of less-than-desirable waste management practices, which may be impacting on our environment. In 2012, Environment Canterbury commissioned scoping studies to investigate the management of non-natural rural waste (non-organic, solid waste) generated by farms and agribusinesses in the region. The preliminary studies found that very little rural waste data exists ...

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Local Taranaki businesses back recycling standard

Local Taranaki businesses are supporting Agrecovery Rural Recycling collections for plastic containers in Okato, Waverly and Inglewood with three container collection events. According to Agrecovery, empty, triple rinsed containers from nearly 60 participating manufacturers of agrichemical, animal health and dairy hygiene products are free to recycle at the events. The collections will be held at Coastal Wrapping in Okato on 5th November and at RD1 in Waverly and Inglewood on 6th and 7th November respectively. There will be BBQs at RD1 and anyone recycling at the events will enter one of three prize draws. “Taranaki has really increased their recycling of containers through Agrecovery over the last couple of years – from just under 300 kg in 2010-11 up to ...

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New site opens in Rotorua standard

Farmlands Rotorua is supporting the push for sustainability and environmental best practice by hosting an Agrecovery Container collection site, with the added bonus of a $100 prezzy card up for grabs for those recycling in November. Local farmers, growers, contractors and golf courses can make the most of this recycling programme at the Marguerita Street store which will accept plastic containers on Monday to Fridays, from 8am to 5pm. Empty triple rinsed containers, up to and including 60 litres in size, from nearly 60 brand owners of agrichemical, biological, animal health and dairy hygiene products can be recycled for free. As an added incentive, anyone recycling containers during November will go in the draw to win a $100 prezzy card ...

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64,000 tonnes recovered in 2011 standard

The Agrecovery programme is consistent with international best practice and is proud to be affiliated to the Crop Life International (CLI) Container Management Group. The 35 programmes affiliated to CLI, including Agrecovery, together recovered 64,000 tonnes of plastic in 2011. According to CLI using this recycled plastic vs new plastic saves energy equal to 120 million litres of gasoline – equivalent to removing 22,000 cars from the road per year! If you can’t see this image, click here for the pdf (courtesy of CLI): Infographic – Container Management September 2012

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Wellsford farmers and growers – recycle to win! standard

Farmlands Wellsford is supporting the push for sustainability and environmental best practice by hosting an Agrecovery Container collection site, with the added bonus of a $100 prezzy card up for grabs for those recycling in November. Local farmers, growers, contractors and golf courses can make the most of the recycling programme at the Centennial Park Road store which will accept plastic containers on Monday to Fridays, from 8am to 5pm. The site replaces that at Lawrie Road Transfer Station in Warkworth which was only open one day a month. “The new site offers users much great convenience – longer opening hours and a more suitable location should increase the volume of containers recycled locally,” says Duncan Scotland of Agrecovery. Empty ...

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Recycling gladiator standard

David Ritchie, 8, of Drumpeel Farms, Otane has become Agrecovery’s latest Champion! David did a fantastic job of creating his Agrecovery Gladiator costume with containers from the family farm. The costume was modelled by David at Hereworth School’s Recyclable and Waste Awards. “Even though I didn’t win it was good fun making my costume with Dad,” said David. All containers were thoroughly cleaned before use.

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Rural recycling rates hit record high standard

Rural recycling rates hit a record high in Agrecovery’s last financial year with collection volumes growing by 24 percent and the programme posting its sixth consecutive year of growth. In the 12 months to June 2013, around 8,000 farmers and growers diverted 507 tonnes of empty chemical containers, silage plastics and chemicals for recycling or safe disposal. Other highlights for the year include a 30 percent jump in the number of people using Agrecovery, including a large increase in the number of pastoral farmers, and a 37 percent increase in the volume of unwanted or expired chemicals collected for safe disposal. “We have seen a huge increase in recycling and the responsible disposal of waste chemicals by farmers and growers ...

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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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