A nationwide collection is on to clear New Zealand of DDT and other obsolete pesticides.

And it’s free!*

POPs included in this Muster: DDT | Aldrin | HCB | Dieldrin | Chlordane | Heptachlor | Endrin | Toxaphene | Lindane | Mirex | Chlordecone

DDT and other pesticides containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) haven’t been sold or used in NZ for many years, due to known long-term impacts on health and environment.

However some properties still have POPs stored, either not knowing what they are, what to do with them, or being unwilling to pay for collection. The Great DDT Muster is YOUR BEST CHANCE to find and get rid of these banned harmful pesticides.

The Great DDT Muster is free, confidential, and only available for a limited time, so don’t miss this chance to clean up your property.*


Book a collection or freephone 0800 247 326

*Collection and disposal of POPs like DDT is usually costly but for a limited time funding is available to allow a limited volume of POPs to be collected and disposed of, at no cost to you. The Great DDT Muster has received funding support through the Waste Minimisation Fund.  The Muster is operated by 3R Group. All enquiries, bookings and collection information is strictly confidential. Funding and collection limits may apply.

What are these chemicals?

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemicals that persist in the environment and are known to cause adverse effects to health. They are bio-accumulative, building up in the tissue of living things, and can be passed between species through the food chain or from mother to baby.

From the 1940’s to the 1970’s many commercial pesticides (including insecticides) containing POPs were in widespread use on rural properties in New Zealand and worldwide. DDT is the most well-known but there are a number of others… (see below). As the harmful effects of these compounds became known, they were phased out of normal use.

How harmful
are they?

Among other effects, POPs have been identified as hormone disruptors which can alter normal function of endocrine and
reproductive systems in humans and wildlife.

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes have been linked to POPs. Exposure to POPs during pregnancy has been linked to developmental defects in the resulting offspring.

I think I have chemicals containing
POPs, what should I do?

It is important to book any of these items with The Great DDT Muster as soon as possible so they can be safely collected and
disposed of.

To book simply click here. This will take you to the Agrecovery Rural Recycling programme’s online booking system.
(Thanks Agrecovery!) You can also call 0800 247 326 for more information.

Even if you are unsure what your chemicals are, it’s safer to give us a call rather than do nothing.

Book a collection or freephone 0800 247 326


What’s in your shed?

Look for the following pesticides or brands

POPs used in rural New Zealand

DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
HCB (Hexachlorobenzene)

Some common

Cleanso Ditox
Young’s Sheep Dip
Elliot’s Dips
Cooper’s Louse Powder
Nexa Sheep Dip
Tartan Dieldrin Sheep Dip

How and when are they being collected?

Free collections will be carried out in partnership with the Agrecovery Rural Recycling programme which runs periodic regional collections for unwanted or expired agrichemicals and animal health products.

You can book a collection at any time via
www.agrecovery.co.nz or by freephone
0800 247 326.

Following your booking, we will be in touch to confirm details.

If you have other unwanted agrichemicals, you can book these at the same time.  However please note that Agrecovery funding criteria will apply to these agrichemicals.  See www.agrecovery.co.nz for details.

Want to know more? Check out the FAQ’s page

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