Incentive pays off for recycling
More farmers are recycling their plastic agrichemical, animal health and dairy hygiene containers.
Agrecovery jumped by over half during the first quarter of this year because of the programme's recent membership drive putting $5000 in rewards up for grabs.
All existing and new Agrecovery members who recycled at any of 70 nationwide collection sites in February and March were put into the draw to win one of 10 $500 vouchers. Among the winners were orchards, dairy farms, sheep and beef farms, several vineyards and a golf club.
Agrecovery sales and marketing manager Duncan Scotland said the incentive was a timely reminder for many to start recycling.
"This is the second year we have run this promotion and both years we have seen a strong increase in the number of new Agrecovery members."
Due to drought conditions during the promotion period, which contributed to lower levels of chemical usage in most areas, the volume of container plastics delivered for recycling remained stable for the March quarter, he said. Despite this, numbers from July last year to this April had seen a lot more farmers and growers recycling their waste plastics, with volumes up 17 per cent overall compared with the same period a year ago, he said.
"We continue to see the volume of plastic recycled through Agrecovery grow . . . over traditional burning and burying," said Scotland.
He said that was expected to continue with changing attitudes and increasing scrutiny of New Zealand's clean green image by its export markets.
The Agrecovery Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable trust. It was developed with the support of farmer and grower groups, local government, the agrichemical industry and central government. Fairfax NZ