At the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001, the international community agreed to eliminate or severely restrict POPs production due to health and environmental risks. 179 countries including New Zealand conform to Stockholm Convention guidelines.
Sale and use of POPs in New Zealand has been banned since 2004, however it is thought that at least five tonnes still remain at large on rural properties due to people being unsure of how to dispose of them.
Bookings made through The Great DDT Muster are strictly confidential and individual booking information will not be shared with third parties.
However it is illegal to use, store or discharge POPs into the environment, so this is a great chance to dispose of them safely and for free!
All collected materials will be sent off-shore for high temperature incineration at specialised facilities as per New Zealand regulations. This is the safest disposal method available.
Please note, this does not mean you can safely dispose of POPs by burning them yourself! Low temperature or incomplete combustion is actually proven to create more POPs (specifically dioxins) which can be extremely harmful. Please book collection with The Great DDT Muster.
Please refer to New Zealand Standard Management of Agrichemicals NZS8409:2004.
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.
All enquiries, bookings and collection information is strictly confidential. Funding is running out, so make sure you book before the end of October 2017. Collection limits may apply.
Free collections will be carried out by 3R Group Ltd, programme manager for The Muster.
You need to book collection of your POPs before the end of October 2017 online or you can download a booking form or call us freephone 0508 374 768 for more information. (Please note, online bookings are done through 3R Group’s ChemCollect service.)
Once we’ve received your booking, we will be in touch to confirm details.