Silage plastic wrap piles up on NZ farms as Thailand shuns product for recycling

The issue of processing rural plastics used in farming is causing concern, with the Government being urged to step in.

Silage wrap, commonly used across farms in New Zealand, is usually sent overseas to be recycled.

But with Thailand now closing its borders to the product, several New Zealand processing plants are full to capacity.

“We have roughly 250 tonnes here at the moment,” Southern Disability Enterprises general manager Hamish McMurdo said.

Until an alternative is found, farmers across the country are being urged to stockpile the waste.

“It was a bit of a surprise when we saw Southern Disability Enterprises put the post up on Facebook to say they couldn’t take it, but I have every confidence they’ll sort out an alternative,” said Southland Federated Farmers vice president Bernadette Hunt.

Until a solution is found, both parties are urging farmers not to burn or bury the waste.

“As soon as we find a solution, we’ll be letting them know and asking them to get it on in,” Mr McMurdo said.

Overseas plants are currently refusing to take sileage wrap, with Southland farmers being forced to hold onto it until a solution is found. Source: 1 NEWS



Check out the southern brewery producing glitter-infused beer - 'It's perfect'

The latest attempt by brewers to breathe new life into one of the oldest drinks on the planet has arrived in the form of glitter beer.

Lemon Lime and Glitter is the newest concoction from Riwaka's Hop Federation.

They're producing it for this weekend's Beervana Festival in Wellington.

The sparkle ingredient is simple edible baker's glitter, put in during kegging.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp went out for a taste test, as shown in the video above.

Lemon Lime and Glitter is the newest concoction from Riwaka’s Hop Federation. Source: Seven Sharp

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Controversial Aussie politician Pauline Hanson invited to NZ to discuss free speech

Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson has been asked to debate on this side of the Tasman.

The invite from the Government Accountability League comes as the issue of free speech in New Zealand polarises public opinion.

Her office tells 1 NEWS she's yet to receive a formal invitation, but it's believed she will be holding an event here in November.

The possible visit comes after Simon Bridges says the left has attacked free speech recently.

Mr Bridges was addressing students at Massey University in Palmerston North about the controversy today. Source: 1 NEWS

"We have seen a real attack on free speech from some on the left recently, first on some Canadian speakers and now on Don Brash," he told reporters outside Massey University.

He also had a message for the Government on the issue.

"The Government needs to have a real position on this, they can't cop out and sit on the side-lines, they fund the universities of New Zealand and should be standing up for free speech as well," Mr Bridges said.

Dr Brash, a former National leader and Reserve Bank governor, was due to speak to the university's Politics Society in Palmerston North two days ago, but Ms Thomas cancelled the event citing safety concerns.

Ms Thomas said the decision came at a time of heightened tension over free speech and hate speech prompted by the visit of Canadian alt-right speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux to New Zealand.

Brash said their actions just helped to prove his case. Source: 1 NEWS

Last night protesters attempted to shout down Dr Brash while he spoke at a free speech debate at Auckland University.

The invite from the Government Accountability League comes as the issue of free speech in New Zealand polarises public opinion. Source: 1 NEWS