Drums can be recycled
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.