In the South
The term "product stewardship" is pretty much the holy grail of waste minimisation, because it means that producers take responsibility for ensuring their product can be recycled by the end user, rather than leaving that to local communities.
Plasback is just such a product stewardship programme.
This scheme recovers used farm plastics for recycling from all over the country and has so far seen more than 2000 tonnes of farm waste collected since its inception six years ago.
Plasback collects six "streams" of waste plastics, including silage wrap, silage covers, grain bags, polypropylene bags, twines, large drums, vine nets and irrigation pipe. Recycling these plastics is an easy three step process: The farmer buys Plasback liners online - these cost $15 plus GST.
Waste plastic is collected into the liner as it accumulates, keeping each "stream" in a separate liner.
The farmer calls the free phone number provided to arrange collection. Each liner has a $40 plus GST collection cost.
To help "close the loop" on recycling, the scheme operates two purpose built balers that help to improve transport logistics. They have also introduced new products made from the plastics they collect, such as Tuff Board, Tuff Deck, Eco Sheet and Plaswood.
These products can be used in a variety of farm applications, including shed floors, sheep pen partitions and trailer linings.
For more details visit plasback.co.nz or call 0508 338 240.
For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre. To join Wastebusters, email email@example.com
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