The importation, manufacture and use of agricultural chemicals is now regulated under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996. Substances that have not been transferred to HSNO as of 1 July 2006 cannot legally be used in New Zealand unless a new HSNO approval is obtained and the agrichemical remains registered under the Agricultural Chemicals and Veterinary Medicines Act.
In 2003, in accordance with the Stockholm Convention, the HSNO Act was amended to ban the import, manufacture and use of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in New Zealand. POPs include:
Other agrichemicals that are illegal to use are:
If you come across agrichemicals that are either “banned” or “illegal to use”, these should be stored until they can be disposed of appropriately. For more information, refer to the EPA information pamphlet “Do you have banned pesticides on your farm?” available here.
From 16 January 2009, it will no longer be legal to import, manufacture, or use Endosulfan and formulations containing Endosulfan in New Zealand. The prohibition is the outcome of a formal reassessment of the chemical by The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA), as empowered under the Hazardous Substan ces and New Organisms Act 1996.
All unused and partially-used stock of Endosulfan must be disposed of by 17 January 2010 (within 12 months of the Authority’s reassessment decision taking effect on 16 January 2009).
From 16 January 2009, people holding stock of Endosulfan will have to dispose of it safely and legally within 12 months - it will be illegal to use it or dump it. Contact the manufacturer/importer of the chemical - you have to see if they are taking it back and disposing of it on their customer’s behalf.
The Agrecovery Rural Recycling Programme provides New Zealand’s primary sector with responsible and sustainable systems for the recovery and recycling of persistent “on-farm” waste products.
Established in 2005, Agrecovery is a not-for-profit charitable trust put together by primary sector stakeholders. Its nationwide services are available for farmers, growers, contractors, sports turf managers, vet clinics and others within the New Zealand primary sector.
The aim of the programme is to provide a sustainable solution to help manage the sector’s impact on the environment and to meet increasing customer demands for best environmental practice.
For detailed information about how Agrecovery can help you deal with persistent waste on your farm or property, please visit www.agrecovery.co.nz
Agrecovery, is currently completing it's annual collection of unwanted or expired agrichemicals in the Canterbury region.
Bookings have now closed but future collections will be advertised here and on the Agrecovery website.
Ridding New Zealand of Persistent Organic Pesticides (POPs).
The Great DDT Muster is a New Zealand wide collection of DDT and other banned pesticides. Collection is free for specified substances including: DDT, Aldrin, HCB, Diedrin, Chlordane, Heptachlor, Endrin, Toxaphene, Lindane, Mirex and Chlordecone.
To take advantage of this opportunity to clear out these banned and toxic products, visit www.thegreatddtmuster.co.nz or call 0800 247 326.
(03) 353 9007
0800 324 636 (EC INFO)
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