Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I take my full Plasback liners?
See Drop Locations.

What is wrong with just burning my farm plastic waste?
Burning of plastics is prohibited by the Environment Protection Authority in Victoria and NSW. You will be fined if caught. Burning plastic pollutes the environment, releases harmful dioxins and creates greenhouse gases.

Storing on farm creates an eye sore, a potential littering issue and choking hazard to stock and wildlife. With flooding events much of this plastic can end up in the waterways, where it presents a dire hazard to aquatic and bird life.

Why recycle my silage wrap?
If your silage wrap is brought in the appropriate Plasback liner and is not contaminated, it will be recycled.

By recycling we combine the safe disposal of a waste item, with the reuse of a scarce resource. 4% of the annual production of oil and gas goes into making plastics. Recycling used plastics uses less than 30% of the energy used in creating the new plastic from hydro carbons. It makes sense to make use of this energy that has already been expended.

Do I have to use Plasback Liners?
Yes. Only Plasback liners will be accepted.

Why can’t I mix farm plastics together for recycling?
All plastics are not equal…there are many different types of plastics. Silage wrap and Silage covers are made from Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE). Baling twine and feed bags are made out of Polypropylene. Net wrap and chemical drums are made out of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

They all have different recycling symbols.

Each plastic type has different properties and melt temperatures, meaning in most cases they cannot to mixed together.

This is why each plastic type has to be segregated AT THE FARM. Otherwise the cost of sorting later makes recycling too costly.

Why can’t I use the woolpaks or bulka bags I used in the past for recycling?
The problem with previous collection methods was that too much contamination was appearing in the large, non-see through bags. This meant the labour cost was too high – the bags had to be unloaded and manually sorted at the recycler to remove contaminants.
With the Plasback liners – none of this is necessary. Contamination can be visually checked with ease.

What if my council doesn’t accept Plasback liners for recycling?
Not all councils are currently accepting Plasback liners. Some have not joined the program due to the low levels of silage wrap in their current waste streams. If you have silage wrap to recycle and have nowhere to bring it – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , state your name, address, contact details and which council area you are in. We will then follow it up and try get to get Plasback collections happening in your area.

Who are Tapex?
Tapex are an Australian plastic manufacturer and major supplier of fodder conservation plastic to the rural sector. Tapex are the only manufacturer of baling twine in Australia.

Tapex is a family business, founded over 50 years ago. Tapex has frequently been in BRW’s fast 100 list for fastest growing companies in Australia. Mr Philip Rossi, Tapex’s owner, is a past finalist of the Australian Entrepreneur of the year Award.

Tapex are bronze partner in the NSW government's Sustainability Advantage program and are a signatory of the PACIA Sustainability Leadership Framework.

Click here to visit the Tapex website.

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