Drums can be re­cy­cled

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Dis­carded con­tain­ers buried will take more than 400 years to de­com­pose while burn­ing them re­leases harm­ful tox­ins into the air and soil.

Re­cy­cling con­tain­ers is now the norm and large drums, like the ones com­monly used for farm­ing op­er­a­tions, have been added to the list of items ac­cepted by Agre­cov­ery Ru­ral Re­cy­cling.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is hold­ing its next re­cy­cling col­lec­tion soon and it will be the first time it takes con­tain­ers and drums.

The items can be taken for re­cy­cling to NZ Farm Source at 104 Broad­way, Mata­mata, on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 2, from 10am to 2pm.

‘‘We’ve of­fered a large drum pro­gramme for some time via an on­line book­ing sys­tem and di­rect on-farm pick up,’’ says Dun­can Scot­land of Agre­cov­ery.

‘‘That works well, but those re­cy­cling at one-off col­lec­tion events can choose if they would like to also bring in their un­wanted drums. Our net­work of col­lec­tion sites, like those in Hau­tapu or Taupiri, don’t take drums due to space con­straints but there’s no rea­son not to ac­cept them at an event like this.

‘‘We have 65 brands of agri­chem­i­cal, dairy hy­giene and an­i­mal health prod­ucts whose con­tain­ers are free to re­cy­cle, plus 20 brands whose drums are ac­cepted free of charge.

‘‘Farm­ers and grow­ers can check out th­ese brands on our web­site or re­quest a list by call­ing our freep­hone num­ber.’’

Agre­cov­ery’s re­search shows con­tain­ers buried will take more than 400 years to de­com­pose, while burn­ing them re­leases harm­ful tox­ins. Re­cy­cling on the other hand, turns what was waste into a use­ful re­source.

‘‘Each 20 litre con­tainer re­cy­cled saves en­ergy equiv­a­lent to 2 litres of petrol,’’ says Adri­enne Wil­cock, dairy farmer and Agre­cov­ery Foun­da­tion chair­woman.

Wil­cock says what was ac­cept­able prac­tice in the past will not be ac­cept­able in the fu­ture.

‘‘We have to find eth­i­cal ways of deal­ing with farm waste which line up with the de­mands of our ex­port mar­kets, and with farm­ers’ de­sire to be good stew­ards of their land. And, re­cy­cling your con­tain­ers through Agre­cov­ery is free, so why wouldn’t you choose to re­cy­cle?’’

Empty con­tain­ers (0-60L) and drums (61-1000L) of chem­i­cal residue, dirt and other con­tam­i­na­tion. They must still have the la­bel to iden­tify the brand. En­sure con­tain­ers and drums are well drained after triple rins­ing.

All con­tain­ers and drums will be in­spected be­fore be­ing ac­cepted. A list of brand own­ers and full ac­cep­tance cri­te­ria are avail­able by call­ing 0800 247 326 or vis­it­ing www.agre­cov­ery.co.nz.

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