PLASTICS ON THE FARM
Plastics on the Farm
Currently, less than 30% of used agri-plastics are recycled in the UK
This compares to over 90% in Ireland, 75% in France for example
There is a significant range of plastic types and volume used on the average farm.
The table below highlights the types and categories of agricultural plastics used in farming and horticulture.
The vast majority of
these are recyclable.
Different Types of Plastics Used on Farms
Cleaning and Storage Guidance
Simple steps to follow in storing used agricultural plastics to improve recycling and reduce costs.
COLLECT and SEGREGATE
By TYPE and COLOUR
Plastics are recycled by type, with certain plastics having a positive value at the recycling centre.
Hence the importance of segregating where possible.
Store in bags, or containers, often supplied by an agri-plastics collector.
Agri-plastics collection costs are mostly based on weight, so it is important to ensure used plastics
are kept as free from muck, organic debris and as dry as possible post use. This will help avoid unnecessary weight costs.
Ideally, store your segregated used plastics in containers / bags on a firm, clean and dry environment. Ensure that the area is not liable to water runoff into water courses and that plastics are secured to ensure that they are not blown away by high winds.
Sending plastics to landfill is not recycling.
Agri-plastics / waste collectors operate in most areas. If none exists, your local council may be able to help. Or email us for help:
Find a Collector
A Collector Near You?
Local collection providers operate in many areas. If not, it is worth calling your local council or waste collection operators in the region.
Or email us for help at:
For details of local and regional collectors