Dead­line ahead – book to dis­pose of agri­chem­i­cals

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Waikato farm­ers and grow­ers are be­ing urged to take a look in their sheds and get rid of any un­wanted agri­chem­i­cals at the up­com­ing Agre­cov­ery collection.

The book­ing dead­line for those want­ing to safely dis­pose of these chem­i­cals through Agre­cov­ery is March 28.

Last year, farm­ers and grow­ers in Waikato used the safe and en­vi­ron­men­tally sound collection to get rid of a record 6 tonnes of un­wanted or ex­pired agri­chem­i­cals.

That’s five times the amount col­lected in 2012 and the largest take back in a sin­gle re­gion by Agre­cov­ery since col­lec­tions started in 2010.

‘‘It’s great to see the vol­ume col­lected from Waikato farm­ers and grow­ers in­crease year on year,’’ Agre­cov­ery chair­man Graeme Peters said.

‘‘These are chem­i­cals that might have other­wise been left in sheds, pos­ing an in­creased safety risk, or even­tu­ally end­ing up in our wa­ter­ways or on our land.

‘‘We know there are still some prop­er­ties with old and un­wanted chem­i­cals, and we’d like to see those farm­ers and grow­ers fol­low their neigh­bours’ lead and book them in for our up­com­ing collection.’’

In its last fi­nan­cial year, Agre­cov­ery com­pleted five re­gional col­lec­tions na­tion­wide, to­talling nearly 16,000kg of agri­chem­i­cals, 37 per cent more than the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

Many agri­chem­i­cals and an­i­mal health prod­ucts are el­i­gi­ble for free dis­posal through the sup­port of the 57 brand own­ers who par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme.

Dis­posal of oth­ers may be sub­sidised through additional sup­port pro­vided by the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

Users of hor­ti­cul­tural, agri­cul­tural and vet­eri­nary chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing farm­ers, grow­ers, con­trac­tors and vet­eri­nar­i­ans can log their un­wanted and ex­pired chem­i­cals for collection with Agre­cov­ery at 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 as these chem­i­cals are not sub­sidised un­der the Agre­cov­ery chem­i­cals pro­gramme.

The Agre­cov­ery chem­i­cals pro­gramme is easy to use, safe and fully com­pli­ant, of­fer­ing a fully au­ditable record of dis­posal which farm­ers and grow­ers can use for New Zealand GAP and other qual­ity as­sur­ance pro­grammes. To learn more about Agre­cov­ery and its other ru­ral re­cy­cling pro­grammes, visit agre­cov­ery.co.nz.

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