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

But time is running out!

This may be your last chance to access free collection and disposal, so don’t delay.


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. Funding is now coming to an end so this may be YOUR LAST CHANCE to take advantage of The Great DDT Muster to get rid of these banned harmful pesticides.

The Great DDT Muster is free and confidential, but funding is running out, so don’t miss out.*


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

Book collection online

You can also download a booking form or call us freephone on 0508 374 768

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.

You can book online or simply download the booking form and email or post it back to us at 3R Group, PO Box 1216, Hastings 4156.  You can also call 0508 374 768 for more information. (Please note, online bookings are done through 3R Group’s ChemCollect service.)

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

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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 by 3R Group Ltd, programme manager for The Muster.

We need to receive your booking before the end of October 2017 and then we will be in touch to confirm details.

Other chemical types can also be booked but may be subject to collection fees. These will be quoted prior to any collection activity.

Please note, online bookings are done through 3R Group’s ChemCollect service.

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

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