Farmers urged to clear out old chemicals
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 – agrecovery.co.nz/chemicals/ – 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.