[27 October/New Zealand Herald]

Agrecovery, a not-for-profit charitable trust, is looking to improve recycling efforts in the farming industry. Last year the equivalent of 40 percent of agri-chemical drums and containers were collected and recycled via Agrecovery. This is short of the 60 percent Australia and Canada were achieving. Last month Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson re-accredited Agrecovery’s nation-wide product stewardship scheme for another seven years under the Waste Minimisation Act. Areas of focus moving forward include increasing the number of participating agri-chemical firms, increasing drop-off locations, and seeking greater involvement from Fonterra. Ultimately, Agrecovery wants to achieve horizontal integration of waste systems, covering silage wrap, paint, vet syringes, ag-chemicals and plastic.