Incentive to recycle
Following the success of a similar promotion in 2012, New Zealand’s leading rural recycling programme is again offering $5000 of rewards to encourage more farmers and growers to recycle.
The Agrecovery container programme provides free recycling for empty containers from 59 supporting brand owners.
Containers are shredded and recycled in New Zealand into a compliant enduse; far better than burning or burying them on farm.
While the programme is already well used, Duncan Scotland of Agrecovery said the chance to win one of 10 $500 vouchers may be just the nudge to get others started, especially in the pastoral sector which has not seen the same uptake as in horticulture and viticulture.
The slower uptake of recycling in the pastoral sector has led Federated Farmers and Beef + Lamb New Zealand to call for those in their sectors to adopt greener, more sustainable methods of disposal of their used plastics by using the programme.
Agrecovery said abundant available land and the distance required to travel to dedicated landfills has meant the convenience of burning or burying has been the method of waste disposal for most farmers.
But studies show clear evidence of the health risks and negative environmental impacts of this behaviour, specifically in relation to waste plastics.
But it’s not only the environmental impact that farmers and growers need to be considering.
Beef + Lamb General Manager Farm, Richard Wakelin said New Zealand’s clean- green image and reputation is at stake with consumers increasingly concerned about animal welfare and how goods are produced.
tidy and operating to its full potential includes careful and considered disposal of contaminated materials and hazardous substances.
‘‘Simply put this is good management practice.’’
To take advantage of the promotion, simply take eligible containers to any of the 70-plus Agrecovery collection sites nationwide this February and March.
The promotion is open to new and existing members in all rural sectors and the turf industry.
The recycling programme is funded by 59 of New Zealand’s leading manufacturers and distributors of agrichemicals, fertilisers, dairy hygiene, animal health and biological products.
Empty, triple-rinsed plastic containers up to 60 litres in size from these companies are eligible for free recycling.
For more details go to www. agrecovery. co. nz or call 0800 AGRECOVERY. Such as KiwiSaver contributions change. The minimum contribution rate for employers and employees will increase from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of gross salary or wages