Farmers and Growers in Waimakariri District Want to Manage Waste Well

A safe and sustainable option for disposing of farm waste is what drew Canterbury deer farmer, Stuart Stokes, to participate in the Agrecovery One Stop Shop events last year. This year, Stuart will be back at his local event with an additional 12 months’ worth of waste for disposal.

Agrecovery recycling farm chemical containers“As a farmer I don’t have the luxury of a rubbish collection at the end of the street. Last year I was cleaning out an old shed where I stored chemicals that I no longer use on farm due to changing farming practice and I wasn’t sure what to do with the old chemicals and containers.

I heard about the Agrecovery One Stop Shop rural waste programme and signed up straight away. It was really simple, I just booked, turned up and disposed of the waste - easy!  I will definitely be participating again this year as it provides us with a viable option for getting rid of farm waste. I’m committed to operating in a sustainable way and these events help with achieving that goal. I would encourage all farmers to get involved,” said Stuart Stokes.

The Waimakariri District one stop shop collection event will take place on Monday 2 November.

“The One Stop Shop events are becoming a highlight on the Agrecovery calendar with over 37,000 kilograms of fertiliser bags, 12,065 kilograms of chemicals and 8,500 kilograms of chemical containers dropped off at the six events held last year. This year we will have nine events in Canterbury and we are expecting collection totals to be higher. This is not just because of the increased number of events, but also because we know that our farming community is seeking out viable and safe options for waste disposal. They want to do the right thing and these events facilitate that,” said Felicity Mitchell, Programme Coordinator at Agrecovery.

Events are carefully managed, with attendance limited, so farmers and growers that want to be involved are encouraged to visit the Agrecovery website to register for the event closest to them. Following registration Agrecovery will share information about timing and waste preparation.

“Spaces filled up quickly after registrations opened last year so we are encouraging people that want to attend to register as soon as possible,” said Felicity.

Local authorities have partnered with Agrecovery to facilitate the One Stop Shop events.

Waimakariri District Council’s Solid Waste Asset Manager says the team are delighted to host the One Stop Shop event in Oxford this year. “We’re really excited to be part of this initiative to make sure farm waste is disposed of the right way. We’re looking forward to being there on the day to answer any questions about managing waste.”

Waste must be prepared properly before drop off and farmers and growers interested in registering for the events and finding out more about how to prepare material for drop off should visit Agrecovery.