Dairy workers Lisa Oehlert, of Germany, and Alan Da Veiga (right), of Brazil, join Ashburton farmer Tim Lovett to begin using a recycling scheme being run by Wastebusters. Photo by Maureen Bishop
Tighter regulations and a desire to protect the environment
has led Ashburton farmer Tim Lovett to be the first to sign
up for a new recycling and rubbish collection scheme.
Wooden bins were delivered to his Seafield property last
week, along with education material for property owners and
Over the years, the Wastebusters Trust in Ashburton had
received a steady stream of requests from farmers wishing to
establish recycling depots on their farms, joint manager Tony
The trust had offered advice but had now gone a step further
and introduced the on-farm collection scheme.
Mr Dawson believed the time was right to introduce the
scheme, with restrictions on burning or burying waste and a
desire by farmers to be responsible.
''Two years ago it probably wouldn't have got off the ground.
''People are now being responsible and while it comes at a
cost, they are happy to do it.''
Mr Lovett said while he and his sharemilker had encouraged
staff to recycle by putting bins in their accommodation, it
still involved transporting the material to collection
points, which had not been that successful.
He farms a 300ha dairy property and employs four to four and
''Some of the staff are married and have families so a farm
like this generates a fair bit of rubbish.''
Now staff will empty their recycling and rubbish into the
bins on the farm. Once they are full, a telephone call to
Wastebusters will be all that is necessary to ensure they are
collected and replaced with empty bins.
Mr Dawson said as well as the normal recycling products of
glass, paper, plastic, cans and cardboard, additional
agricultural recycling products had been identified. These
included plastic baling twine, polyprop bags and 200-litre
plastic drums. Additional lines were being investigated.
During research into the service, rubbish disposal was
identified as being an issue, as disposal pits were not an
environmentally friendly option, he said.
It was decided to include rubbish collection in the proposed
A range of bins was developed and tested to identify
The aim had been to keep the system as simple and
cost-effective as possible, he said. Farmers have a one-off
cost to buy the bins and will pay a collection fee and a
landfill charge for dumping the rubbish.
It is planned to run a weekly collection service, covering
set areas on the same day to keep collection costs down.
Wastebusters, which operates as an independent, self-funded
trust, will work with property owners and staff to ensure
recycled material is not contaminated.
Joint manager Sharon Breakwell said Wastebusters was offering
as much help as people wanted to ensure the scheme worked.
Farmers wishing to participate should contact Wastebusters on
(03) 308-9998 or 021 892-763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- by Maureen Bishop