Unwanted or Expired Agrichemical Collections.

Agrecovery, in conjunction with Canterbury Regional Council, will shortly be holding collections for unwanted or expired agrichemicals in the Hurunui region.

This service is free or subsidised for the majority of chemicals thanks to the support of 65 brand owners and Environment Canterbury.

The booking deadline for Canterbury is Friday 26th May.

Booking your chemicals for disposal is simple:

Step 1 - Take an inventory: An inventory form is available online or you can request a postal booking form on 0800 247 326.

Step 2 - Book disposal: Book disposal online or return your booking form to Agrecovery, PO Box 1216, Hastings 4156.  Bookings must be received prior to the booking deadline.

Step 3 - Confirmation: Agrecovery will confirm your booking and, once the booking deadline has passed, advise if any costs apply to collect your chemicals.  You can then choose whether to proceed with all, part or none of the booking.  Collections take place in the months following confirmation.

Further information is available at www.agrecovery.co.nz or on freephone 0800 247 326.

Don’t miss out – book your unwanted or expired agrichemicals for disposal today.

Agricultural Recycling - Agrecovery

A free drop-off point is provided at Culverden transfer station (during opening hours) for recycling high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic agrichemical containers, including those which previously contained pesticides, veterinary medicines and agricultural chemicals.  To be accepted, containers must be:

Culverden transfer station is not a drop off point for silage wrap.  For further information on recycling silage wrap or to arrange a collection, call Plasback on 0508 338 240 or visit www.plasback.co.nz

To be accepted for recycling, the same conditions will apply, as when using the Culverden drop off.  For further information visit www.agrecovery.co.nz  

Agricultural Recycling - Plasback

Hurunui Council is keen to prevent the burning and burying of waste plastics on farms and therefore supports Plasback, the product stewardship scheme to recycle farm plastics.

The scheme, has developed a network of collectors throughout the country, providing farmers with an 'on farm collection' solution for used bale wrap, HDPE 100 and 200 litre drums, polypropylene bags and vineyard net.

Contact Plasback for further information.

Bokashi Composting - Discounted Offer

As organic waste makes up a considerable proportion of the total waste stream, which ends up being disposed of to landfill, Hurunui Council is encouraging residents, businesses and schools to recycle organic waste by offering bokashi composting kits for a discounted rate.

Composting using bokashi is an easy way to recycle food waste to produce a material, which can be used as a ‘slow release’ fertiliser in the garden.  Bokashi is made from Effective Microorganisms (EM), molasses and plant based materials, such as sawdust, rice bran or wheat bran and it is 100% natural.

Using a special airtight container, adding bokashi to fruit, vegetables, left over prepared foods, cooked or raw meat and fish, egg shells, small pieces of bones, coffee grinds and tea bags produces a nutrient rich compost in under half the time of normal composting. 

Bokashi composting kits and Compost-Zing are available for purchase from Amberley transfer station (52 Grays Road).  They can also be ordered via the Cheviot, Hanmer Springs and Amuri libraries and will be available for collection within a couple of days.

Bokashi Composting Kits and Compost-Zing

Discounted Price

10 litre system - starter kit (bucket set and one bag of Compost-Zing)


15 litre system - starter kit (bucket set and one bag of Compost-Zing)


Compost-Zing per 1kg bag


Schools and Community Group Recycling and Waste Minimisation Programme

Hurunui Council provide a free recycling and waste minimisation education programme for schools and pre-schools in the district.

Further details regarding the education programme can be found under the 'Schools and Community Groups Recycling and Waste Minimisation' page.

Love Food Hate Waste NZ

New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food, which is thrown uneaten into the rubbish bin. New Zealand wide, this adds up to a staggering $872 million and equates to 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill.

Hurunui Council is participating in the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign, which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. 

For practical tips and suggestions regarding how to reduce your own food waste, whilst saving money too, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz 

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2012)

At Council's May 2012 meeting, the Council's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2012) was adopted.  This plan provides Hurunui District Council for the coming six years with objectives, policies and targets to enable residents, businesses, ratepayers and visitors to the district to be provided with highly effective, efficient, safe and cost effective waste management and minimisation services.

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2012) is available here.  Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012

One Planet E-Book

The One Planet eBook has been put together as a Canterbury-wide project and offers a one-stop shop for a vast range of information, videos and links on waste and its associated issues.

The One Planet eBook provides a wide range of information regarding local resource recovery, the global implications of waste and the importance of everyone contributing towards helping to divert waste from being disposed of into landfill.

Kate Valley Landfill

For further information regarding Kate Valley Landfill, please contact Canterbury Waste Services on 03 359 1800 or click Kate Valley Landfill.