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25/03/2016 12:00 a.m.
Help clear Ashburton district of DDT and other obsolete pesticides as part of the nationwide ‘Great DDT Muster’, which closes in Canterbury on Friday 25 March.
Ashburton District Council’s Waste Recovery Manager Craig Goodwin is encouraging locals to use the muster as an opportunity get rid of any unwanted agricultural chemicals for free.
"Old and expired chemicals can become a problem for future generations, so rather than leaving them in a shed, make a decision to get rid of them safely and have them collected by Agrecovery Chemicals," he said. Agrecovery is a safe and simple nationwide collection and disposal system for unwanted and expired agricultural chemicals.
DDT and other Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) have not been sold or used in New Zealand for many years because of their long-term impact on the environment and health. The POPs that can be collected for free include Aldrin, Chlordecone, Chlordane, DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin, HCB, Heptachlor, Lindane, Mirex and Toxaphene.
"Keeping unwanted chemicals can present a risk to staff, family, livestock, pets and the environment," Mr Goodwin said. "The muster is free, confidential, and only available for a limited time, so don’t miss this chance to clean up your property."
Small amounts of hazardous waste such as old paint, regular garden chemicals and oils can be dropped off, free of charge, at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park, 25 Range St, Ashburton.
To book for your agrichemical to be collected visit thegreatDDTmuster.co.nz or call 0800 247 326 by Friday 25 March. All enquiries, bookings and collection information are strictly confidential.