In­cen­tive to re­cy­cle

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.

‘‘Keep­ing

the farm

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

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