Safe chemical disposal

Agrecovery is urging all Canterbury farmers and growers to take a look in their sheds and get rid of any unwanted chemicals they have at its upcoming agrichemical collection.

The booking deadline for Cantabrians wanting to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired agrichemicals through Agrecovery Chemicals is 22 March.

The chemical collection programme, which started in 2009, runs across the country.

In the last two years Canterbury has had the highest volume of agrichemicals collected.

In its last financial year, Agrecovery collected and safely disposed of more than 11,500kg of agrichemicals across the country, 23 per cent more than the previous financial year.

"It's great to see so many Canterbury farmers and growers taking advantage of the programme to clear their properties of old or unwanted chemicals, but there is still a lot left out there that we'd like to see booked for collection," says Duncan Scotland from Agrecovery.

Many agrichemicals and animal health products are eligible for free disposal through the support of the 59 brand owners who participate in the programme, while others are subsidised through central government and some regional councils.

Environment Canterbury is supporting the upcoming collection.

Users of horticultural, agricultural and veterinary chemicals, including farmers, growers, contractors and veterinarians, can log their chemicals for collection with Agrecovery or phone 0800 247 326 to request a booking form.

Those with unwanted household or garden chemicals should contact their local council as these chemicals are not subsidised under the programme.

The Agrecovery Chemicals programme is easy to use, safe and fully compliant, offering a fully auditable record of disposal which farmers and growers can use for NZGAP and other quality assurance programmes. See to learn more.

Kaikoura Star