PGG Wrightson in Invercargill is supporting the push for sustainability and environmental best practice with the opening of an Agrecovery Container collection site at their Dee Street store.

There are more than 70 Agrecovery collection sites nationwide including existing Southland sites in Gore, Winton and Lumsden but this is the first Invercargill site, allowing farmers, growers and contractors in the area easy access to this free recycling programme.

The Agrecovery Container programme offers a sustainable recycling solution for empty triple rinsed plastic containers up to and including 60 litres. The collected agrichemical, animal health and dairy hygiene containers are then shredded by a mobile processing truck and processed into underground electrical cable covers here in New Zealand.

PGG Wrightson has been very supportive of the Agrecovery programme which started in 2007, stocking wrap recycling bags in stores nationwide and helping promote the programmes, as well as now hosting 17 Agrecovery collection sites across the country.

PGG Wrightson Health and Safety and Compliance Manager Mark Jones says “We see it as an end-to-end process whereby growers and farmers buy their products from us and we then provide the means for them to recycle the used containers back at the store. It’s good product stewardship.”

Fifty-nine companies now support the Container recycling programme making it free for farmers and growers to responsibly dispose of their containers; representing true product stewardship and an important part of proving New Zealand’s “clean green” credentials to international markets.

Local collection site details:

  • Invercargill – PGG Wrightson, 232 Dee Street. Opening hours Tuesday to Thursday 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm.
  • Gore – Advance Agriculture, 14 Tamworth Lane. Opening hours Monday to Friday 8am-5pm.
  • Lumsden – VetSouth Ltd, 44 Diana Street. Monday to Friday 10am-2pm.
  • Winton – Farmers Dipping Company, 48 Ashton St, Lime Hills. Open by arrangement, phone 027 436 4362.

Containers must be empty, triple rinsed and free from residue inside and out. All containers will be inspected before being accepted. Only containers belonging to the 59 participating brand owners are free to recycle.

For more information, including a full list of collection sites nationwide, click here.