Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 4 : 00 p.m.
Farm plastic supply exceeds storage space
Prescott-Russell’s farm plastic recycling project may be forced to shut down.
Five years ago, ReCycle Action, owned and operated by Groupe Convex, launched a farm plastic collection and recycling project to divert tonnes of the plastic wrap used to protect hay bales from going into local landfills. The program has proven a huge success but now a serious problem could force its suspension.
“It is almost at full (storage) capacity,” said Carole Lavigne, director for economic development and tourism with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR). “The program needs more storage space.”
Robert Lefebvre, ReCycle Action’s recycling coordinator, contacted Lavigne’s office for help in finding a solution to the storage capacity situation. The non-profit agency has been storing the used farm plastic it collects from within the Prescott-Russell region while Lefebvre seeks a new market for the material.
When the farm plastic collection program began, all the used plastic was shipped to China for that country’s recycling industry. But now China has shut the door to imports of almost all recyclable materials, an action with a serious impact on recycling programs of every kind in North America.
For ReCycle Action’s farm plastic collection program, the effect of the China market closure is severe. Lefebvre has tried to find other markets for used farm plastic, without success so far, and now there are between 100 and 200 tonnes of used farm plastic in ReCycle Action’s storage site.
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