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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:18am

A man with his back to the camera unloads something from the back of a pick up while a man in orange high visibility overalls waits to receive it and another man in high visibility orange overalls inspects items in a marquee

Almost 7000 kg of farm waste was safely disposed of through a Council programme with Agrecovery Rural Recycling.

The Agrecovery Rural Recycling day in Ellesmere offered farmers and growers the opportunity to safely dispose of a variety of farm waste.

Over 60 people dropped off 6915 kg of farm waste, including 2705 kg of chemicals that will be safely treated and disposed of, 1500 kg of chemical containers and over 1000 kg of fertiliser bags.

Tom Macartney from Tai Tapu said the event was very helpful and he was very happy with the organisation. The day was part of a Rural Waste Minimisation Project to tackle barriers to recycling for New Zealand’s rural communities.

It was good to see Selwyn farmers seize the opportunity, Council Solid Waste Manager Andrew Boyd says. “The turnout and quantities collected really showed the value of the day. We’ve indicated that the district would be keen to be involved in any future Rural Recycling events, with the ultimate aim to have it annually.”