[29 March/Stuff NZ]

Rural recycling programme Agrecovery will provide an easier way for farmers to sustainably dispose of waste. The programme will clear agrichemical and motor oil containers, unwanted agrichemicals, used motor oil, fertiliser bags and silage wrap as well as a wide variety of waste in addition to these agrichemical products. Adrienne Wilcock, Agrecovery Chairwoman reported that the programme is aimed at removing barriers to recycling for rural communities by offering a ‘’one-stop-shop’’ approach. The programme builds on two trial events held last year which collected almost 20 tonnes of rural waste. The launch of the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project and $381,000 in funding was made by Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage at the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Central Canterbury. Mrs Sage stated that on-farm waste is typically burned, buried or stock-piled which can have significant health risks as well as causing air and water pollution. Mrs Sage also reported that the focus needs to be placed on ensuring businesses take responsibility for their products during their entire life cycle, helping reducing their impacts on the environment.