This project seeks sustainable end-of-life management solutions for household pest and weed control products and their packaging.

We are working with the household pest and weed control suppliers to develop a product stewardship scheme for these products.

The Household Pests and Weed Control Products Advisory Group was set up to examine the number of products in the New Zealand household marketplace, the various materials they are packaged in and their recyclability.

The group is now partnering with EcoCentral in Christchurch to pilot a free collection of empty waste containers and residual quantities of chemicals for residents. This trial will help develop the options for recycling these products.

Once this is complete, we will analyse the results of the trial and make recommendations to the Ministry for the Environment on the design of the preferred product stewardship schemes for these products.

The next stage of the project is expected to be a nationwide drop-off for containers and any leftover chemicals.

Household pest and weed control trial

A product take back trial is running in Christchurch until 31 December 2021.

EcoCentral is accepting empty waste containers and residual quantities of chemicals for local residents. This trial will help develop the options for developing a product stewardship scheme for these products.

How to get involved

WHAT’S INCLUDED
• Weed killer
• Insect control
• Fungicides
• Rat/mouse bait
No aerosols. These can’t be recycled.

PREPARING YOUR CONTAINERS
Try and use up all the product before
bringing it back. If the container is
clean, remove:
• lids / bungs
• metal handles or triggers
If your container has left over residual
product, fasten the lid tightly to ensure
it doesn’t leak

WHERE TO DROP OFF
CONTAINERS?
Drop off your containers at one of these
Christchurch EcoDrop sites:
25 Parkhouse Road
40 Metro Place
76 Styx Mill Road

A bin is available for dropping off
products for this trial.

How the scheme is being developed – webinar presentation

To start developing a regulated product stewardship scheme for household pest and weed control products, and tackle questions about how product stewardship works, we hosted a webinar on 16 April 2021 with True North Consulting – who is helping to develop the scheme.

Below is the presentation and a recording of that webinar:

Waste Minimisation Act

With agrichemicals being declared priority products, all agrichemicals must become part of a regulated product stewardship scheme under the Waste Minimisation Act. A scheme is expected to be in place by 2023.

This work extends our existing recycling scheme for commercial agrichemicals to domestic products.

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