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Join Agrecovery for a free webinar on farm plastic recycling standard

Agrecovery are hosting a free webinar for farmers and growers on Thursday 7 March at 7pm. This webinar will provide you with information about Agrecovery, the free services we offer and what big changes are coming over the next 12 months. Speakers include: Tony Wilson, Chief Executive Felicity Mitchell, National Product Stewardship Stream Manager – Farm Plastics Small Bags REGISTER FOR THE FREE WEBINAR HERE Agrecovery is New Zealand’s sustainable solution for the recycling of farm plastics such as containers, drums, IBCs and small seed, feed and fertiliser bags. The recycling of these plastics from Agrecovery’s participating brands is free for all farmers and growers nationwide. In October 2023, the associate Minister for the Environment accredited Agrecovery as the scheme ...

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Agrecovery Matters February 2024 standard

We are excited to share the latest Agrecovery updates and developments, including important information about: The growth and challenges of the HDPE (containers and drums) scheme Insights into the Small Bags Product Stewardship Scheme Progress on the Animal Health Product Stewardship Scheme Update on the Household Pest and Weeds initiative Outcomes from the Southland Pilot New schemes in development Overview of the significance of Product Stewardship Schemes. HDPE Scheme Progress The HDPE scheme has shown remarkable growth, particularly in the collection of large drums, which have seen a 61% increase in volume over the past year. This surge has challenged our fixed collection services, as each drum requires on-farm collection – a process that is both costly and time-consuming. To ...

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Farm plastic recycling pilot scheme up and running in Southland standard

Two not-for-profit recycling organisations and a Southland catchment group are reducing on-farm waste through a farm plastic recycling pilot scheme. Agrecovery is working with the Between the Domes Catchment Group and Recycle South, a registered charity supporting intellectual disability, on a trial that aims to improve farmers’ recycling options in the Southland region. Agrecovery commercial manager Richard Carroll said farm plastic recovery options needed to be compelling to get buy-in from farmers, and avoid the plastics being burned or buried. “We need to provide them with better solutions.” Southland was chosen as a pilot scheme region because of several factors, including Recycle South developing a new recycling plant, and the Between the Domes Catchment Group’s identification of bale wrap recycling ...

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Agrecovery services in the North Island paused due to adverse conditions standard

Our thoughts are with everyone across New Zealand who has been impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. Due to the adverse conditions as a result of the cyclone, Agrecovery has made the decision to temporarily halt our services in the North Island. As a result, we ask that you do not utilise Agrecovery container collection sites until further notice. We hope to have services back up and running as soon as possible, however, the safety of our members, site staff and contractors remain of utmost importance. Please continue to triple rinse your containers and find a suitable dry place (if possible!) to store them until our collection sites open again. Please note our South Island operations continue as normal. On-farm collections delayed ...

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November Large Drum Collection standard

Agrecovery is completing a large drum collection for the whole country in November. Drums/IBCs must be: HDPE, Plastic number 2 61-1000L in size Triple rinsed, and free from chemical residue inside and out Adequately drained Have the bungs removed Labels left on Only drums/IBCs from participating brand owners are free to recycle. Look for the Agrecovery logo on the drum or check out our list of participating brands here! To have your drums included in the November collection they must be booked in by Monday 31 October. Bookings can be placed through the Agrecovery website or by calling our 0800 number. Your booking will be confirmed via email. Please note, you must have a minimum of 4 drums (61-210L) or ...

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On-property container collections standard

Agrecovery is constantly reviewing how we can continue to deliver an effective and efficient programme for our members. Over recent years, we have worked hard to establish a network of over 160 fixed collection sites nationwide, meaning it’s now easier than ever for you to recycle your triple-rinsed agrichemical containers. As a result, Agrecovery will be increasing the minimum volume requirement for on-property container collection from 300 containers to 500 containers. This change will take effect from 1 October 2022. If you currently have a minimum of 300 containers (0-60 litres in size) and you would like to book an on-property collection for this volume, please ring Agrecovery on 0800 247 326 before 1 October to arrange collection.* A reminder that all ...

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Agrecovery Celebrates Milestone Anniversary standard

Agrecovery, the not-for-profit charitable trust that provides New Zealand farmers and growers with nationwide programmes for the disposal of unwanted agrichemicals, and the recycling of plastic containers, is celebrating 15 years of operation. Back in 2005, both users and suppliers of agrichemicals recognised the need to provide stewardship for used agrichemical containers, culminating in the formation of the Agrecovery Foundation and the subsequent launch of the first container recycling programme in mid-2007. Since its inception, Agrecovery have recycled nearly 3.5 million kg of plastic containers and over 165 thousand kg of expired or unwanted agrichemicals have been recovered from the rural environment. Results achieved by growing their footprint from a few small recycling locations to over 160 fixed sites nationwide. ...

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Agrecovery and Plasback join forces standard

The two main plastic collection programmes in New Zealand’s primary sector – Agrecovery and Plasback – have agreed to work together to improve the services they provide farmers and growers. Agrecovery chief executive Tony Wilson and Plasback commercial manager Neal Shaw say the two organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding. It will see them join forces to provide the most efficient and cost-effective means to collect and recycle used farm plastic. “Our focus is on finding the best ways to meet the needs of primary producers,” Tony says. “Agrecovery and Plasback have different and complementary strengths and areas of expertise. By working together we will target our future investments to take farm plastic recycling to the next level.” Both ...

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We’ve introduced exciting upgrades to our online system standard

Agrecovery is constantly looking at ways to ensure our processes continue to deliver an efficient and effective service for you. That’s why we’re excited to let you know of some recent updates we have made to our online system. Your Portal Dashboard has a new look When you login to the Agrecovery portal, you will notice a refreshed dashboard that makes it easier for you to find your member number. This is important to have on hand to provide to our collection sites. The dashboard also features quick links that let you: View or update your information Make a chemical, container, or large drum booking Run and download your recycling activity report. You can specify a date range that you ...

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PGG Wrightson Turf joins Agrecovery’s LDPE scheme standard

Agrecovery is excited to announce that PGG Wrightson Turf is the newest brand to become part of Agrecovery’s LDPE Product Stewardship Scheme. They join Valagro and our two founding brands of the scheme - BASF and Yara. You can now recycle low density polyethylene bags (LDPE or No.4 plastic) from these four brands for FREE!* How do I get involved? The Agrecovery LDPE recovery programme allows farmers and growers to responsibly recycle approved No.4 plastic bags for free. Bags must be 25kgs and under and from participating brands - BASF, Yara, Valagro and PGG Wrightson Turf. Contact Agrecovery on 0800 247 326 or info@agrecovery.org.nz to order your liners and coded zip ties and follow the steps below to properly prepare your bags for ...

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