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Chemical collection service helps add to Million Metres planting standard

Six months worth of work by 3R Group’s ChemCollect service has not only meant some 8.8 tonnes of chemicals have been properly collected and disposed of, but a Central Hawke’s Bay stream restoration project has benefited too. 3R has committed to donate $200 for every tonne of material collected by ChemCollect to a Million Metres Streams project, every six months. The third donation to date saw over $1700 go to a project aimed at restoring 1km of a tributary of the Porangahau river – paying for some 60 metres of planting. The project is being run by landowners, the Clark’s, a fifth generation family farming ‘Airlie’ at Wanstead. Sam Clark and his wife Cookie recently took over the 450ha farm and have been working ...

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New service with twice the chemical kick standard

A new chemical collection service has not only seen Palmerston North residents safely dispose of over 800kg of unwanted chemicals for free, but also helped educate them around hazardous waste. The MyHazWaste service, run by chemical collection experts 3R Group, held its first event in Palmerston North on June 16. The council-funded event gave residents the chance to safely dispose of household, garden, garage and pool chemicals for free. 3R Group ChemCollect general manager Jason Richards said the event was designed to improve upon traditional hazmobile events. “We used an evolved collection model which allows for a controlled collection methodology, accurate data collection and increased public education.” This ensured only substances which have no disposal pathways were collected, he said. ...

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Second sweep of The Great DDT Muster gathers pace standard

The Great DDT is gaining momentum as farmers turn over tonnes of their unwanted chemicals for safe disposal. The programme has so far collected some 17 tonnes of banned persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other chemicals from properties in Northland to Invercargill. The past months have seen some unusual collections too, with a massive 2.3 tonnes of DDT found at one property, while another required staff to crack open an old safe to reach the POPs stored inside. The Muster, which is being run by the 3R Group, is in its second round of collections, having initially started in 2015. It is set to move down through Waikato and the lower North Island, and then onto the Mainland in the ...

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Chemical collections help fund Million Metres Streams planting standard

We have been doing chemical collections for nearly 10 years and know that chemicals incorrectly disposed of often end up in our waterways. Safely collecting and disposing of these hazardous materials helps to preserve our ecosystems, however we wanted to take it a step further. As part of our new ChemCollect service we will donate $200 for every tonne of materials collected to a Million Metres Streams Project, restoring and protecting our waterways. Our first donation of $1,720 has gone to the Silver Stream Restoration Project in Clarkville, outside Christchurch. This is based on the 8.6 tonnes of chemicals collected between 1 April and 31 September this year. “Canterbury has a big farming community, with a large number of ChemCollect bookings ...

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Lucky break keeps dumped chemicals out the bush standard

Media release: A case of some lucky coincidence has seen dangerous chemicals removed from the side of a state highway in Waikato after they were illegally dumped. The find was made by ChemCollect chemical collections expert Mark Rose, who had pulled his truck over near Tahuna, 47km outside Hamilton, for a rest break between jobs on Wednesday last week (November 22). He quickly contacted his manager, who made contact with the Waikato Regional Council. ChemCollect is a chemical collection and disposal service run by Hastings-based resource recovery experts 3R Group. Rose safely picked up the containers, however one had already leaked its contents onto the ground. The containers held an agricultural chemical and acid, and appeared to have been recently ...

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Great DDT Muster off to a weighty start standard

The collection of 2.3 tonnes of banned and highly toxic pesticides from a single farm continues to surprise, 3R Group ChemCollect manager says. The Muster, which is managed by 3R, started in 2015 with the aim of ridding New Zealand of DDT and other obsolete pesticides containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs). When the programme began it was estimated seven tonnes of chemicals likely to be persistent organic pollutants remained on properties around New Zealand. However, this quota was reached in just one year and funding was extended. The total collected volume to date now sits at 12.5 tonnes, and a substantial number of bookings are scheduled for collection over the summer. 3R Group’s ChemCollect manager Jason Richards says the latest ...

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