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 please tell us what you have so we can secure additional funding for free collections!
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 tell us what you have so we can secure additional funding for The Great DDT Muster.
Please refer to New Zealand Standard Management of Agrichemicals NZS8409:2004.
Available funding has now been exhausted and we are in the process of collecting POPs that were booked under the previous funding.
While we welcome new bookings which will help us secure further funding, unfortunately we are unable to provide free collection and disposal for any new bookings at this time. Once further funding is available, we will be in touch with those who have told us they have POPs.
If you have an urgent booking or wish to dispose of other chemical types you can book these with us but they will be referred to a user-pays collection service and are likely to be subject to collection fees. These will be quoted prior to any collection activity.
All enquiries, bookings and collection information is strictly confidential. Online bookings are done through 3R Group’s ChemCollect service.
Collections for POPs booked under the previous funding are currently being carried out by 3R Group Ltd, programme manager for The Muster.
Tell us what POPs you have so we can secure further funding. Use our online booking system 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 secured additional funding, we will be in touch to confirm details.