New Zealand Rural Waste
Minimisation Project


The New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project finds ways for rural communities to better manage on-farm waste like soft plastics, old chemicals and used oil.

It is an exciting pilot project based on collaboration between the rural community, regional and district councils, industry representatives, Ministry for the Environment and others. To find out more, visit ECAN’s website.

We are preparing for the nationwide rollout of the project.  See rural project to clear more waste from farms.

For more information on the project see:

Environment Canterbury website

Pilot Projects

The pilots provided a one-stop shop for disposing of
rural waste in an efficient, safe and managed way.

Matamata – 25 May

Geraldine – 31 May

for drop
off will

    •   Recently expired chemicals as per the existing Agrecovery programme
    •   Empty plastic chemical containers and drums as per the existing Agrecovery programme.
    •   Used oil and their containers
    •   Fertiliser bags – woven polypropylene

Baleage and silage wrap will also be available for disposal but will be collected on-farm by Plasback.
This will not be eligible for drop off due to its bulky nature.

How to Register

Participants must register with or be an Agrecovery member in order to participate. This process is quick, free and simple and does not commit
participants to participate in any other Agrecovery services. You can register to be a member here via our homepage.

To participate in the pilot, you will then need to register your interest, which you can do so via the ‘My Agrecovery’ home page, after logging in.

During the booking process we’ll need to get some details from you so we can help you prepare to dispose of your waste and ensure a smooth
and easy experience on the day, in particular, if you have any agrichemicals for disposal you will need to provide detail on the type of chemical.

Please indicate on the form which types of waste you’ll be bringing along. We’ll also ask you to select a time slot for drop off so that we can make
sure everyone is given enough time to dispose of their waste at the event.

Following registration, you will receive additional information on the event and how to participate.

Following the pilots, the information gathered will be used to investigate longer term solutions for managing rural waste in effective and
environmentally friendly ways.

For further information on the pilot event or help in how to register, please call us on 0800 AGRECOVERY or email

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