Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Well done NZ for record-breaking rural recycling volumes

Farmers and growers are proving their worth as good stewards of the land, by achieving record-breaking volumes of plastic recycling through the rural recycling programme, Agrecovery.

The past year has seen a 43 percent increase in rural plastic coming back for recycling at Agrecovery’s sites, events and via on-farm pick-ups. The staggering 437 tonnes of plastic containers collected over the past year is now being given new life. “This is a massive leap from the 320 tonnes collected the previous year,” says Agrecovery General Manager Simon Andrew.

“The figures show that we are now recycling more than half of the agrichemical containers and drum plastic sold in the New Zealand market,” he says. Those manufacturers who participate in the programme pay a voluntary levy to support the recycling of the containers and recovery of any end of life product – at no cost to the farmer.

“We take our hats off to all those farmers and growers that have been making the most of our recycling programme,” says Andrew. “They should be commended for taking the time and effort to triple-rinse containers and bring them in for recycling.”

“Like most consumers, farmers and growers are often left with plastic packaging and they don’t want it to end up in landfill or release emissions by burning it. They are motivated to do the right thing – and the best thing is to turn it into a resource that doesn’t get wasted,” Andrew says.

The plastic is shredded, cleaned and broken down into a resin before it is made into materials like cable cover and damp course – a building material to prevent rising damp. These products are then sold locally for New Zealanders, “it’s a great example of a circular economy,” says Andrew.

Andrew says that because the whole recycling process is done in New Zealand, “we use fewer emissions than shipping the plastic offshore, we reuse the materials, and our programme has the added bonus of supporting the local economy. It’s a win-win,” he says.

This huge growth in recycling coincides with not just a national focus on waste, but a worldwide focus on the ethical and sustainable processing of many types of plastic waste.

“Our goal is to investigate broadening the types of plastics that can be recycled through our programmes and grow resourcing in New Zealand to repurpose this plastic and make it go another round,” says Andrew.

“Supporting farmers to preserve the environment by providing alternatives to the harmful disposal practices of burning, burying and stock-piling of waste is vital for the future of New Zealand. As a not-for-profit organisation, we are ideally suited to lead the charge on this and provide solutions for our farmers and growers in their role as kaitiakitanga –being good stewards of the land.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media: NZME 'In Discussions' To Buy Stuff

NZME confirms that it is in discussions with Stuff’s owners Nine and has put a proposal to the Government regarding a possible transaction. However, NZME notes that these discussions are preliminary... More>>

Consultation: Plan Of Action To Protect Seabirds

The draft National Plan of Action plan outlines the Government’s commitment to reducing fishing-related captures of seabirds, with clear goals and objectives, supported by an implementation plan. More>>


Housing Issues: Fairer Rules For Tenants And Landlords

The key changes include: - Limit rent increases to once every 12 months and banning the solicitation of rental bids by landlords. - Improve tenant’s security by removing a landlord’s right to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement... More>>


Reserve Bank: Official Cash Rate Unchanged At 1 Percent

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 1.0 percent. Employment remains around its maximum sustainable level while inflation remains below the 2 percent target mid-point but within our target range... More>>


Food Prices: Avocados At Lowest Price In Almost Three Years

Avocados are at their cheapest average price since February 2017, with tomato, lettuce, and cucumber prices also falling, Stats NZ said today. More>>