Buller District Council


Farmers using burial pits and burning piles to eradicate household and farm waste, particularly agriculture chemicals, poses an immediate health risk to the people, environment and livestock. Either through direct contact, ground seepage or airborne substances. Agrecovery’s goal is to “Farm for the Future,” to benefit the environment and health of farming facility’s, workers and animals. A agrecovery user comments; “Good environmental practices are important; we have to think about the next generation and the generation after that.”


Agrecovery is New Zealand’s safe and sustainable solution to dispose of unwanted agrichemicalsand the recycling of empty containers, drums and IBCs.  To accept containers, chemical residue or dirt has been rinsed out and if the drum is associated with agrecovery brand partners it is free to recycle. These include the range of farmers necessities like teat spray, weed spray and acid to clean the milk shed.

Currently in the Buller District region there is one collection place in Westport, at Farmlands, open from Monday to Friday 8am-5pm. The collection by agrecovery takes place on a quarterly basis across New Zealand; March, June, September and December. Westport’s Farmlands hold a shipping container which allows farmers to drop off 0-60L containers for free providing that it is a recognised brand.

Agrecovery also takes 61-1000L containers which can be arranged for free on-property collection. To dispose of the containers correctly, participants are asked to use the ‘triple rinsing method’ and ensure the container is free from any residue. Farmers just need to sign up either on Agrecovery’s website or see instore at Farmlands and follow the guidelines for acceptance.

Unwanted left-over agrichemicals are also accepted, with on-site pickup. Agrecovery partners with over 80 recognised participating brand owners with their chemicals free to dispose of. Other branded chemical is subsidised for agrecovery to accept and manage correctly. To find out more check out their site; https://www.agrecovery.co.nz/.



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