Farmlands Wellsford is supporting the push for sustainability and environmental best practice by hosting an Agrecovery Container collection site, with the added bonus of a $100 prezzy card up for grabs for those recycling in November.

Local farmers, growers, contractors and golf courses can make the most of the recycling programme at the Centennial Park Road store which will accept plastic containers on Monday to Fridays, from 8am to 5pm. The site replaces that at Lawrie Road Transfer Station in Warkworth which was only open one day a month.

“The new site offers users much great convenience – longer opening hours and a more suitable location should increase the volume of containers recycled locally,” says Duncan Scotland of Agrecovery.

Empty triple rinsed containers, up to and including 60 litres in size, from nearly 60 brand owners of agrichemical, biological, animal health and dairy hygiene products can be recycled for free.

“As an added bonus, we’re offering anyone who recycles containers during November the chance to go in the draw to win a $100 prezzy card from Agrecovery.”

Farmlands have been very supportive of the rural recycling programme since it started in 2007, stocking wrap recycling bags in store and helping promote the programmes, as well as now hosting 11 Agrecovery collection sites in the North Island.

Geoff Taylor, General Manager of Operations for Farmlands is pleased to increase support for Agrecovery with more and more farmers and growers get involved with the programme which saw a 30% jump in members in the last financial year (compared to previous 12 months).

“I’m a grower myself and I know that sustainable disposal of ‘farm’ waste is becoming a major compliance issue in our industry, particularly as levels of production continue to intensify. It’s good to be able to offer this valuable service through our stores, both to our shareholders and the wider rural community.”

Agrecovery has 70 collection sites located across New Zealand, including a site at Helensville. The collected containers are shredded by a mobile processing truck and processed in Auckland or Christchurch, with one of the common uses for the recycled plastic being an underground cable cover.

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

To be eligible for recycling 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 participating brand owners are free to recycle. For a list of other collection sites in the region click here.