Twine for a Change

Twine for a Change                                                        August, 2012


Wilson Stockfeeds in Tocumwal have been in the hay export business for over 20 years. And disposing of up to 50 tonnes of twine a year from big square bales always presented an issue… until they discovered Plasback two years ago.


Now the baling twine that previously went to landfill gets recycled through Plasback, a product stewardship scheme initiated by Tapex, Australia’s largest distributor of fodder protection plastics. Plasback offers businesses such as Wilsons a cost and time effective method of dealing with a perennial problem.

Rod Wilson says Plasback offers Wilson’s a long term, environmentally sound disposal solution, plus a saving of thousands each year on skip rental.


Most farm plastics used go to landfill … 



It’s Tuff and it’s made from twine

Much of the twine recycled by Plasback is transformed in Melbourne into a non-slip flooring grate called “Tuffdeck.” Tuffdeck has a variety of uses, but is increasingly being used to replace hardwood timber as a flooring in shearing sheds.

“The plastic used in baling twine has fantastic properties” says Ed George, Tapex Environmental Manager. “It doesn’t rot, rust or corrode and termites just don’t like the taste! So it’s a crime to waste it”.

(And it’s a crime to burn it, with substantial EPA fines.)


Caption: Tuffdeck shearing shed flooring made from recycled baling twine


So don’t waste it.

The Plasback is a national recycling scheme administered by Tapex and is available to farmers across 27 councils in Victoria and 10 in New South Wales.

Farmers can deposit their waste silage wrap, pit covers, grain tubes and twine at council landfills for free, as long as it is segregated in Plasback liners. Plasback liners can be purchased for a small cost from most rural merchants. To find your nearest drop site visit

Plus for a limited time Moira, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton and Strathbogie shires have stocks of free liners available for local farmers. Call Darrell from Tapex on 0407 559709 to find out more.


So why has Tapex offered the Plasback solution to rural business?

“Tapex believe our business model must be sustainable if we are to continue to be Australia’s leading fodder packaging distributor. This means helping recycle our products again after use.” Not just Tapex products, but they recycle all other brands as well!


Tapex will be displaying the Plasback bin and liner recycling system and some of the products made from the recycled plastic at the upcoming Henty and Elmore field days.




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