Farmlands Putaruru is supporting the push for sustainability and environmental best practice with the opening of an Agrecovery container collection site at their Taupo St store.
Local farmers, growers, contractors and golf courses can make the most of this recycling programme at the site which will accept plastic containers on Mondays to Fridays, from 8am till 4pm. Empty triplerinsed containers, from 1 to 60 litres in size, from 57 brand owners of agrichemical, biological, animal health and dairy hygiene products can be recycled free.
Using the Agrecovery programme for products belonging to the 57 brand owners is mandatory for New Zealand GAP accreditation, the produce industry’s quality assurance programme.
NZ GAP is recognised by all of New Zealand’s leading supermarkets and buyers, and provides a traceable, accountable system from crop to customer for the production of fruit, vegetables, arable crops and olives.
Farmlands general manager of operations Geoff Taylor is pleased to increase support for Agrecovery as more and more farmers and growers get involved with the programme.
‘‘It’s good to be able to offer this valuable service through our stores, both to our shareholders and the wider rural community,’’ Mr Taylor said.
The collected containers are shredded by a mobile processing truck and processed into underground electrical cable covers in New Zealand.
The Agrecovery collection site is at Farmlands, 35 Taupo St, Putaruru.
All containers will be inspected before being accepted. Only containers belonging to the 57 participating brand owners are free to recycle.