Monthly ArchivesAugust 2011

Working toward a green West Coast standard

Westland Milk Products Environmental and On Farm Services Team (from right to left) Wayne Climo, Sarah Morgan, Rob Pieper, Chris Pullen Agrecovery Rural Recycling and Westland Milk Products are working together to achieve the co-operative’s aim of ensuring the West Coast leads the New Zealand dairy industry in sustainable rural recycling initiatives. Chris Pullen, Environmental Manager for Westland Milk Products says “We want to ensure that the West Coast dairy industry is highly regarded for its contribution to environmental sustainability. “With Agrecovery’s help we can promote international best practice and protect New Zealand’s reputation for sustainable agribusiness practice right here on the West Coast.” This push to help meet rising on-farm environmental standards is not just limited to the suppliers ...

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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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