Vineyard chemical recycling scheme catches on

The chemical recycling container has been popular with Awatere residents says Smart Harvest operator Calvin Wilson.
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The chemical recycling container has been popular with Awatere residents says Smart Harvest operator Calvin Wilson.

More than 3000 chemical containers in Seddon have been given a new lease of life underground.

Once destined for the dump in Blenheim, the containers are now recycled into underground cable covers.

In just eight months, the Agrecovery owned recycling container, run by site operator Calvin Wilson, has been filled and emptied four times.

The 20-foot shipping container has proved a popular stopping off for vineyard operators looking to ditch unwanted waste.

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Calvin, who owns viticultural machinery maintenance specialist firm Smart Harvest, came up with the idea through his daily dealings with vineyards across the Awatere region.

He says he is impressed with the uptake so far.

"I think that's pretty good going."

"Some vineyards do have chemical containers everywhere, and it can be a rather unsightly and messy. With Agrecovery we now give them an avenue to get rid of them cleanly, efficiently and responsibly.

"Simple things like recycling a container is not difficult, you've just got to make sure it's convenient, which it is now."

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Agrecovery provides free recycling for plastic containers from over 3000 of the most common ag-chem, animal health and dairy hygiene products sold into the New Zealand market.

The cost is picked up by participating brand owners who pay a levy to the Agrecovery Foundation based on their sales volume.

Since 2007, the company has recycled more than 1.8 million plastic containers which get shredded on site using a mobile processing trailer.

Calvin says empty containers used to all have to be transported to Blenheim for recycling and many ended up thrown away.

"Sustainability for future generations is key really, and we've all got to do our part," he says.

Vineyard staff get a recycling receipt to go towards a Sustainable Winegrowing certification.

Smart Harvest are located at 1 Goulter Street, Northgate, Seddon. They accept containers Monday to Friday between 9am-2pm. It is recommended that customers ring to confirm that someone is in the yard, or to arrange a specific time to come in.

For further information contact 0800 247 326 or visit agrecovery.co.nz.

 - The Marlborough Express

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