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We have a market for our Ag Plastics: http://rubbersidewalks.com/

These sidewalks were made from plastic from Franklin, St Lawrence, Lewis Counties!  This is fantastic and amazing.

 

Thank you Lindsay!

WE NEED YOUR WHITE DAIRY WRAP

            

 

                                                                 TO MAKE SIDEWALKS

TERREWALKS®

 

                Rubbersidewalks, Inc. is the pioneer of non concrete sidewalks. Founded in 2001, our first modular sidewalks were made of recycled waste tires.  In 2008 we began experimenting with waste plastics and developed TERREWALKS®.

 

                TERREWALKS® is made from used white dairy wrap plastic.   TERREWALKS® is a durable paving tile that looks like stone and resembles the color of concrete. 

 

                We need a minimum of 22 tons of white dairy wrap a month.

               

                Rubbersidewalks, Inc. seeks the participation of farmers, food cooperatives, and anyone who uses this plastic and disposes of it after use. 

 

RECYCLING DAIRY PLASTICS

(Silage Bags, Bunker Covers, Bale Wrap, Containers, etc.)

Disposable plastics are increasingly substituted for agricultural products that were previously made from longer lasting and natural materials. There are some very good reasons for this trend: In comparison with the concrete silos, glass greenhouses, and sisal twine that they replace, plastics are often safer to use, improve production efficiency, cost less, and permit greater flexibility in management. (source: http://environmentalrisk.cornell.edu/AgPlastics/BigFootTour2006/#BigFootArticle2006)

What can be done with these short-lived products after their useful life on-the-farm is over?

Some are hauled to the local solid waste transfer station. Much of the rest, however, is either stashed on the farm, plowed into a field, or burned in an open fire.

Burning "ag plastics" in open fires generates high levels of dangerous, polluting emissions, including particulates that settle in the lungs and extremely toxic dioxins that deposit on feed and enter the food chain. Stashing plastic films, tubs and twine on the farm or plowing them into a field clogs water channels, is a choking hazard for livestock and wildlife, creates mosquito breeding habitat, and is not pretty.

As use of agricultural plastics increases and continues over time, disposal becomes more difficult to ignore or to put out of sight.

Recycling is the goal of the Recycling Ag Plastics Project (RAPP). However, this goal has not been easy to achieve because " ag films" are typically dirtier than other used plastic films such as grocery bags and pallet wrap. They are also widely dispersed across the rural landscape, adding complexity and cost to the collection process.

Help make ag plastics recycling a reality in NY State!

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