Register now for Agrecovery rural recycling events

men disposing of farm waste
Rural communities have a safe and sustainable option for disposing of farm waste, thanks to a series of 'one-stop-shop' events that we are supporting across the region.

Last year 122 tonnes of plastic packaging and over six tonnes of unwanted agrichemicals were collected in Canterbury.

Legacy chemicals

Our science team would like to see legacy agrichemicals disposed of safely. These include Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which are still stored on-farm though they have been banned for importation or use.

“We know our rural communities want to do the right thing and have been holding onto old chemicals until a responsible disposal option is available to them. Agrecovery provides that option,” said Director of Science Dr Tim Davie.

Where and when for safe disposal

Farmers and growers interested in registering for the events and finding out how to prepare material for drop off should visit the Agrecovery website

a shed full of agrichemicals on shelving

Legacy agrichemicals can be disposed of at one-stop-shop events

Registrations close a week prior to each event:

  • 2 November, Oxford
  • 3 November, Culverden
  • 6 November, Barry’s Bay
  • 9 November, Darfield
  • 11 November, Rakaia
  • 23 November, Oamaru
  • 24 November, Waimate
  • 26 November, Geraldine
  • 27 November, Fairlie

Preventing problems for future farming generations

We led the New Zealand Rural Waste Minimisation Project which developed the ‘one-stop-shop’ approach with farmers after research found that, on average, farms produced nearly 10 tonnes of waste each year.

Preventing “new” contamination is a priority - agrichemicals and farm waste are a potential risk to soil, water and food sources.

Contaminated Land and Waste team leader Graham Aveyard said that through the implementation of Farm Environment Plans we can see that our farmers are working hard to manage water quality and mahinga kai risks.

“The challenge for our region is to ensure rural communities have access to the convenient disposal and recycling options that urban communities have.”

Find out more

For further information on the One-Stop-Shop events or to register: