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Open Day To Help Farmers Recycle

Published: 11 Apr 2018

A field day is being held in Geraldine next week to inform farmers on options to deal with farm waste.

The field day is taking place on the Orari Estate on Wednesday 18 April at 2pm, and will help farmers find out how to participate in current rural recycling schemes.

This will be focused on some products that require specific handling including plastic agri-chemical containers, chemicals, silage and balage wrap as well as waste oil & its containers.

It is a great primer for famers ahead of a rural recycling day taking place on 31 May in the Timaru District.

Timaru District is one of two districts in the country that are taking place in a pilot programme to provide alternatives for agricultural waste and help shape future options

At the Field day,  a speaker from Environment Canterbury will give an overview on the regulatory environment that farmers now work in. Rural recycling specialist Agrecovery will give a demonstration of how to handle chemicals and chemical containers.

Plasback will give a demo of their system for dealing with bailage and silage wrap and a speaker from TDC will speak about compost supply, kerbside collection systems, business assistance for zero waste and options for treated timber.

TDC Waste Minimisation Manager, Ruth Clarke, said that the field day is a great opportunity for famers to learn about available programmes for   dealing with waste on their farms.

“As a rural district that prides itself on being ahead of the curve when it comes to recycling and waste minimisation, it’s great that we can take part in this pilot project to help farmers recycle some difficult farm waste types.

“The pilot will assess the response to offering a drop-off service, so it’s important that people take this opportunity to participate.

“The rural recycling day being held in May will be a one-off at this stage, coming along to the field day will enable farmers to make the most of the day.”