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BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

to keep plastic clean enough to recycle

• AVOID MUD & MANURE as much as possible.

E.g., Don’t run tractor over plastic. Locate silage bags and bales on a

concrete pad, asphalt, or on high, dry ground.

• BEFORE REMOVING SILAGE:

CUT FILM into pieces of size & weight that one person

can handle. If silage bag bottom is muddy, cut at ground level, &

separate clean plastic on top & sides from dirtier plastic on bottom.

• SHAKE or BRUSH OFF forage, soil, stones

• ROLL or FOLD DRY FILM into bundles

about size of a large pillow (2’x3’). Stuff bags into bag of the same type.

• SEPARATE different products & types

Do not mix different products in one bale (e.g., separate bale wrap from

silage bags and bunker covers; twine or bale net from bale

wrap, etc.). Separate cleaner film from dirtier. No PVC accepted.

• CHEMICAL CONTAINERS: Triple rinse to clean. See Ag

Container Recycling Council (ACRC) website for details <http://www.acrecycle.org/>

• STORE UNDER COVER: Clean, dry as possible.

E.g., Store in a barn, trailer, hay wagon or outside under a tarp.

• BALING: Make full bales (1000-1200 lb). Label with permanent

marker: type of material, date, contact name/phone/location.

RECYCLING AG PLASTICS PROJECT

Life Cycle Stewardship of Agricultural Plastics

http://environmentalrisk.cornell.edu/AgPlastics

Carlton Widrick's Plastic Storage Shed- An example of plastics storage, farmer keeps shed next to his ag bags, and as he cuts his bags adds them to the storage and moves the shed down the line to collect.
Another example of plastic storage, horse trailer.

The "Big Foot" Mobile Baler

The baler used in the demos operates much like the vertical compactors used to compress cardboard, but has been modified to be mobile and "ag-friendly." Powered by tractor hydraulics, this "Big Foot" baler can be hauled from farm-to-farm or to other local collection sites on a small trailer hitched to the back of a pickup. The "Big Foot" weighs 2500 lb, compacts about 1000-1500lbs of plastic with a hydraulic plunger, and - in about an hour - can produce a pallet-sized bale (36" x 36" x 36") tied with wire.

 

Bale of greenery pots
Pots for baling

CHECK OUT THESE WEBSITES:

www.acrecycle.org

www.plas2fuel.com

www.thinkplastics.ca