Shoalhaven launch at Berry

Smart solution for farm plastics                                                                     May 2012

After an initial trial in 2010, a new farm plastics recycling initiative for the south coast is to be permanently introduced. The program, called Plasback, was enthusiastically received by dairy farmers at the launch at the Dairy Industry Group meeting at the DPI offices in Berry last Thursday. Plasback already operates across 30 councils in Victoria and NSW, and recycles plastic waste into useful products such as Tuffboard, a plywood replacement product.

Farmers can participate in Plasback FREE, thanks to the support of Shoalhaven City Council and Subloos, council’s waste contractor. Farmers collate their waste plastic in specially labelled Plasback silage wrap or twine recycling liners, each holding about 25kg of material. The used plastic doesn’t need to be clean, it just needs to be bagged by plastic type (silage wrap & pit covers in one bag, twine in another) in the correct Plasback liner.

Once bagged, silage wrap, pit covers & twine can be dropped off for FREE at West Nowra or Ulladulla Transfer Stations from the 1st Ausgust. It is then baled by Subloos and shipped to Sydney for reprocessing. Plasback is a product stewardship scheme initiated by Tapex, Australia’s leading supplier of crop protection plastics, to address the ongoing issue of waste plastics on farms. One industry estimate is that over 100,000 tonnes of plastic goes onto farms every year. Until now, the most common disposal methods were burning or burying what is a non renewable resource. Even worse, if not disposed of, the plastics present a significant littering and wildlife hazard.

Farmers can purchase Plasback recycling liners for a small fee at local CRT or Landmark stores. For more information on the program and participating stores, see http://www.plasback.com.au/

(L- R)David Walker, Kyleigh Cochrane from "Kangawarra" at Pyree, Craig Tate from Illawarra Highway Albion Park, Councillor Findley, Ed George, Tapex Environmental Manager

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