Agrecovery Rural Recycling will be holding a free collection event in Tuatapere on 14th June to encourage local farmers to recycle their agrichemical and animal health containers.

Regular events in rural centres supplement the 70 permanent recycling sites that Agrecovery operates in locations from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

“We’re pleased to be coming to Tuatapere.” said Noel Baird, Agrecovery’s South Island coordinator.

“The idea was actually brought to us by the Tuatapere Scouts Group, who were keen to link in with our programme to promote recycling in their community and raise funds at the same time.

“Agrecovery will donate 50 cents to the Scouts for every eligible container brought in for recycling, so the fundraising potential depends on the level of participation the Scouts can encourage.”

Scouts will be contacting local farmers in the weeks leading up to the event and hosting a lunch BBQ on the day.

“It’s a great opportunity to raise some funds in a way that also benefits our rural community.” said Quinton Erskine, Chairman of the Tuatapere Scout Group.

Containers brought to the recycling event must be 0-60 litres in size, free of chemical residue and organic contamination, and still have the label on to identify the brand. All containers will be inspected before being accepted. Containers from around 60 participating brand owners are free to recycle.

A full list of brands and our acceptance criteria are available here or by calling 0800 247 326.

All containers collected will be recycled in Christchurch, with most of the plastic being used to make underground cable covers.

“Last year we collected enough containers to make a 15cm wide cable cover reaching from Auckland to Invercargill and back. It’s a far better disposal solution that burning or burying the containers on-farm.” concluded Baird.

Saturday 14th June, 9am to 1pm – DT Kings Transport, 3 Half Mile Road, Tuatapere