22 May 2014

Mandatory rural recycling wanted

2:04 pm on 22 May 2014

Agrecovery hopes a Government move to introduce compulsory recycling of some waste products will level the playing field for its operation.

Environment Minister Amy Adams has released a discussion document which raises the possibility of making voluntary stewardship schemes mandatory.

Stacks of hay wrapped in plastic.

Stacks of hay wrapped in plastic. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Chair Graeme Peters said Agrecovery would support having compulsory recycling for agrichemicals and farm plastics.

The rural recycling organisation has 60 chemical companies participating in its scheme.

But Mr Peters said there are many companies, including some large ones, that aren't and they are effectively getting a free ride.

"There are some companies which are paying a levy on their chemicals of 12 cents per litre and that pays for recycling and recovery.

''And then there are others that just pocket that as profit and just leave that problem to others.

''So what the Government's done today is a great step forward as it's going to level the playing field it's going to make sure that all companies which are putting chemicals into the market are part of a product stewardship scheme."

Mr Peters said he is concerned though that an expensive bureaucracy could be created.

He said Agrecovery has recycled 650 tonnes of plastic in the last seven years and helped dispose of 30 tonnes of unwanted or expired agrichemicals.