Winner 2012 Taranaki Council Award

Scott Campbell News


Plasback, the product stewardship scheme run by Agpac Ltd, has been recognised with an Environmental award from the Tarankai District Council.

The prestigious award is granted to recognise sustainable farm management practices. In particular, the award highlights innovative and outstanding performance in waste treatment and disposal; environmental enhancement or protection[i] and is granted to a company that is making a practical and sustainable contribution towards natural resource management or protection in Taranaki, as well as promoting community awareness.

Taranaki Regional Council Chairman, David MacLeod presents the award to Chris Hartshorne, Plasback program manager

Plasback says the award is an accolade it has achieved with the help of farmers and contractors, not only in Tarankai but New Zealand wide. Plasback was the first product stewardship scheme to achieve Ministry for the Environment accreditation and has seen been leading the way in agricultural wastes recycling ever since.

Plasback developed the bin and liner segregation system. When this is combined with on farm collection, it creates a simple and effective solution for farmers.

Testament to this is its uptake by farmers and the fact that 1400 tonnes of plastic waste have been collected since the scheme’s inception six years ago.

Last year 44 tonnes was collected from the Taranaki region in conjunction with Riverlea Contracting, Hinton Contracting and Moratti Contracting.

Always the innovator, Plasback is developing closed loop solutions, by offering products made from fully recycled plastic. Tuff Board is a tough pliable construction sheet. Tuff Deck, made from recycled baling twine, is for non-slip flooring use. Products like these create a link back to the farm. Farmers can see the re-use of the resource in action.

Plasback has long term goals and wants many more farmers to participate. A series of television ads featuring well known rugby player, radio host and farmer Richard Loe are helping, increasing awareness and understanding of the need to recycle through Plasback.

To find out how you can recycle through Plasback or about their “Tuff” product range call 0508 338 240 or go to