Return your unwanted or expired agrichemicals

Rural communities are being encouraged to make use of a programme to safely get rid of unwanted or expired chemicals.

Throughout June, a series of Agrecovery events will provide free or subsidised recovery and disposal for more than 3,000 products.

Successful events in 2020 saw nearly 6,000 kg of agrichemicals collected in Canterbury.

Overcoming waste challenges

Environment Canterbury Director of Science, Dr Tim Davie, says waste disposal can be particularly challenging for rural communities who want to do the right thing, but perhaps don’t have the level of services that those in urban areas enjoy.

“Our partnership with Agrecovery has been built on that philosophy – that we understand those challenges.

These recovery events are a perfect example of some of the solutions being provided.”

Persistent Organic Chemicals (toxic chemicals that don’t break down) are among the substances that can be handed in, along with things like dairy hygiene and animal health products.

A sustainable solution

Agrecovery Chief Executive, Tony Wilson, says the recovery programme is a crucial part of the work Agrecovery does to ensure the safety of the environment and the future of the agriculture and horticulture industries.

“These are chemicals that could pose a safety risk by being left in sheds. Recovering old legacy or unwanted chemicals ensures they don’t end up in landfills or in our waterways.”

Environment Canterbury team leader for Contaminated Land and Waste, Graham Aveyard, says there are big changes occurring in the waste landscape, with an increasing focus on waste minimisation and diversion from landfills.

“New programmes and projects are being developed to accommodate this shift in attitude. We, along with other district councils, are working hard to help rural communities navigate some of the challenges in this space.”

Register your details

Farmers and growers wanting to register for the June events can book via the website or by calling 0800 247 326. Bookings close on 27 May.

Location details will be provided closer to the time.