An Agrecovery partner since its inception, the agriculture spraying company believes that sustainability should be embedded into every farming operation. It offers a collection site for agrichemical, dairy hygiene and animal health containers.

Integral to their service is environmental stewardship – not only in educating the farmers that use their site, but also in conducting their contracting service throughout the region.

Molloy Agriculture offers a ground application service for a wide range of arable, vegetable and pastoral crops including wheat, barley, ryegrass, clover and peas.

Their service means no waste is left on the farm. “When we spray for clients, we rinse the containers,” says Mangin. ”If we supply the agrichemicals, we bring the containers back for recycling, so it’s a closed circuit solution.” It means growers won’t be left with a shed full of un-used chemicals at the end of the season. Even the rinse water isn’t wasted – it’s put back into the spray mix.

Molloy Agriculture is a strong supporter of Agrecovery, having run its container collection site for just over a decade – and last year collected more container plastic than any other site in New Zealand.

David Mangin is the Bateman Dispatch Manager at Molloy Agriculture, in the Mid Canterbury region of New Zealand.

For the clients who bring containers back to their site, Mangin says, “we help them with advice on good practice for triple rinsing”. When someone first starts recycling – there is an education process on what a clean container needs to looks like. “If we have to reject any, we educate them on how to clean them and bring them back. Once, they’ve done that, they’re good after that.”

The company actively promotes the importance of sustainability to its customers and provides much on-farm advice. “Farmers don’t mind asking us questions, they see us as an exemplar of how to do things,” says Mangin. That service spans from cleaning containers, to disposing of rubbish and minimising spills. “We are part of a whole farming system, not the answer to everything, but part of it,” he says.

Their mantra is ‘providing a good service with good machinery and good operators to get the job done’.
So far, this model is resonating with the community. Rural people tend to look out for each other and Methven and Mid Canterbury is no different, enthuses Mangin. “Plus it is easy to sleep and breathe farming here without even living on a farm,” he says.

Opening hours: Molloy Agricultural Spraying Ltd is located at 402 Methven Chertsey Road, Methven and is open Monday to Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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