27 Jun 2009

Northland farmers urged to join recycling scheme

10:41 am on 27 June 2009

Northland farmers are being encouraged to join the region's silage wrap recycling scheme after a slow uptake since it was introduced two years ago.

An estimated 400 tonnes of the non-biodegradable wrap is used in the region annually of which only 7% is recycled.

The council believes the rest is still being left behind on farms or ending up in landfills.

Environmental management committee chair Craig Brown says although people are realising recycling is a good thing to do, the council would like more to come on board.

The Agrecovery Foundation has also begun a national service to recover and recycle the estimated 4,000 tonnes of baled silage wrap used on New Zealand farms every year.

The Foundation also has a recycling programme for plastic chemical containers collected from farms and orchards.