Saturday, April 11, 2009

Recycling Agricultural Material


Agriculture has turned to plastics in a big way, and most times all this plastic ends up in land fills across the country. Think of it, there are Ag-Bags, those long plastic tubes that contain hay for cattle, there are plastic flower pots and plant containers, there is deer netting, some feeds come in plastic sacks, there is plastic film that is used as greenhouse roofs that needs to be replaces when it gets old and there is baling twine.

Though agricultural recyclers deal in bulk, they aren't interested in us small timers dropping off our baling twine that we collected from our last load of hay. It is better if you can form a group that can send all their stuff off once a year in bulk. It would be nice if one of the local ag suppliers would start a recycling collection program. I know it would be a big headache, but if grocery stores can recycle cans bottles and plastic bags shouldn't all businesses be set up to recycle the packaging material they sell?

Depending on where you live, the site linked below may be able to help you find a Ag recyclers in your area.
http://plasticulture.cas.psu.edu/activities.html If your area isn't covered, simply do a search "(your State)agricultural recycling" and you should find something.

2 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

Sounds like a good business to get into. I'll bet you could get federal funding to start up. All the benefits of the farming life without having to get up early in the morning! Yeah!

8:14 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

You mean all the benefits of being a trash collector.

6:10 AM  

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