Friday, 03 February 2012 09:37

Rural hazardous waste collection

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Rural residents with unwanted agricultural chemicals or other hazardous waste are being encouraged by Auckland Council to sign-up for an onsite collection this month.

During the 'agricultural chemicals amnesty' from February 20-24, the council will collect a range of agricultural chemicals for safe disposal, along with other hazardous waste by prior approval.

Registrations for the free service must be made prior to February 13 by calling 0800 426 5169.

"We know many farmers, growers and lifestyle block owners have stockpiles of unwanted or old agricultural chemicals. With this service we are making it easy for them to ensure this hazardous waste is disposed of safely," says Auckland Council solid waste business unit manager Jon Roscoe.

The council will accept agricultural chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and drenches, but not fertilisers. Persistent organic pollutants such as such as PCBs, PCP, DDT, 2,4,5T and a range of out-of-manufacture chemicals will also be accepted. Non-agricultural chemicals, such as used engine oil, and other hazardous items may also be accepted by prior arrangement.

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