Recycling of farm plastics doubles in the last five years
Farmers working in co-operation with the Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG), which is the national farm plastics recycling scheme, have more than doubled the amount recycled in the last 5 years.
In 2012 alone, IFFPG collected more than 21,000 tonnes of farm plastics from farmers for recycling, with a further increase expected for 2013.
In 2010, IFFPG established Farm Plastics Recycling Ltd. In response to demand from farmers for a recycling service for other problematic farm plastics.
Both companies work in tandem, farmers can now recycle their full range of farm plastics at bring-centres. In the case of non-silage plastics, farmers must segregate their plastics by material type:
* Triple Rinsed Chemical Drums
* Half tonne meal/fert bags (inserts removed),
* Small fert/meal bags/inserts from half tonne bags
and bring in bagged separately to bring centres. It is hoped that the recycling of other farm plastics will become the success that silage plastics recycling is.