Farm­ers urged to clear out old chem­i­cals

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Agre­cov­ery is urg­ing all Waikato farm­ers and grow­ers to take a look in their sheds and use its up­com­ing agri­chem­i­cal col­lec­tion to get rid of any un­wanted chem­i­cals they have.

The book­ing dead­line for those want­ing to safely dis­pose of their un­wanted or ex­pired agri­chem­i­cals through Agre­cov­ery Chem­i­cals is March 8.

Last year more than three times as many Waikato farm­ers and grow­ers used the safe and en­vi­ron­men­tally sound chem­i­cal col­lec­tion scheme to get rid of their old and un­wanted chem­i­cals as used it in 2011.

In its last fi­nan­cial year, Agre­cov­ery col­lected more than 11,500kg of agri­chem­i­cals across the coun­try, 23 per cent more than the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year and this year it hopes to col­lect more.

‘‘It’s great to see the num­ber of Waikato farm­ers and grow­ers us­ing the scheme in­crease. How­ever, we know there is still a lot of old and un­wanted chem­i­cals out there and we’d like to see it booked in for our up­com­ing col­lec­tion,’’ said Dun­can Scot­land from Agre­cov­ery.

Many agri­chem­i­cals and an­i­mal health prod­ucts are el­i­gi­ble for free dis­posal through the sup­port of the 59 brand own­ers who par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme, and oth­ers are sub­sidised through cen­tral government and some re­gional coun­cils.

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil is ac­tively sup­port­ing this up­com­ing col­lec­tion.

Users of hor­ti­cul­tural, agri­cul­tural and ve­teri­nary chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing farm­ers, grow­ers, con­trac­tors and vet­eri­nar­i­ans can log their un­wanted and ex­pired chem­i­cals for col­lec­tion with Agre­cov­ery – agre­cov­­i­cals/ – or phone 0800 247 326 to re­quest a book­ing form.

Those with un­wanted house­hold or garden chem­i­cals should con­tact their lo­cal coun­cil be­cause th­ese chem­i­cals are not sub­sidised un­der the Agre­cov­ery Chem­i­cals pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme is easy to use, safe and fully com­pli­ant, of­fer­ing a fully au­ditable record of dis­posal which farm­ers and grow­ers can use for NZGAP and other qual­ity as­sur­ance pro­grammes.

Un­wanted: Chem­i­cals on the farm.

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