RD1 have shown their support for on-farm sustainability and environmental best practice by hosting an Agrecovery container collection site for the disposal of participating brand on-farm plastic containers at their RD1 Taupiri store.

There are seventy Agrecovery collection sites across the country including ten sites in the Waikato region offering a sustainable recycling solution for empty, triple rinsed plastic containers up to and including the 60L size. The agrichemical, animal health and dairy hygiene containers are shredded by a mobile processing truck and transported to Auckland or Christchurch where the recycled plastic is most commonly used for underground cable covers.

In their 2012/2013 financial year Agrecovery collected 182,331 kg of container plastics – enough to make a 15cm wide cable cover reaching from Auckland to Invercargill and back.

Guidelines for the disposal of plastic containers through the programme include:

• Containers are inspected before being accepted for recycling and must be empty, triple rinsed and free from residue inside and out
• Only containers belonging to participating brand owners will be accepted for free recycling. A list of participating brands is available here.

RD1 Taupiri Store Manager Robin Archer says while this is the first collection site hosted by RD1 the business has always supported the recovery programme and stock a full range of Agrecovery Wrap Recycling bags.

“Our Country Mile products have been part of the Agrecovery container programme for a number of years now so it seemed like a logical step to host a site. Local farmers can simply throw their triple rinsed empties onto the ute for recycling when they come into town which will ensure any burning and dumping of container plastic remains a thing of the past.”

Nearly 60 companies now financially support the Agrecovery container recycling programme that enables farmers, growers and contractors to responsibly dispose of their containers at no cost to their business. Plus Agrecovery are offering a $100 prezzy card for one lucky person who recycles through the RD1 Taupiri site during November making recycling your plastic a win-win for everyone.

RD1 Taupiri accepts eligible containers at their store on the corner of Greenlane and Railway Roads from Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

For a full list of other collection sites in the region plus a full list of participating brands click here.