Posted on Thursday August 29, 2019 at 9:36 a.m.
Temporary relief for farm plastic recycling problem
Recycle Action has found a way to clear more than 100 tonnes of used farm plastic out of its warehouse storage space.
Gregg Chamberlain, EAP
The Hawkesbury-based non-profit outfit will ship the unwanted bales to a cement plant in Québec for use as fuel for the company’s cement-making operation. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) will pay the cost to help make sure the regional farm plastic collection program can continue.
“They are saving the project,” said Robert Lefebvre, Recycle Action coordinator, regarding the UCPR’s financial assistance.
The farm plastic collection program was approaching a crisis situation with stockpiled bales of used plastic (see photo) piling up and no market for them since China declared last year that it would no longer take recyclable plastic from other countries,
Recycle Action has to pay the cement company to take the used farm plastic at $65 per tonne, plus the transportation costs. UCPR council voted today to cover the cost through its economic development department’s budget.
Sending the bales of farm plastic to Québec is a temporary solution, but both Lefebvre and UCPR Economic Development Director Carole Lavigne said it will provide time to find other possible markets which will buy the material instead.
It also means the collection program can continue to divert farm plastic from local landfills and so help extend their operating life. The most recent records for the farm plastic program shows that 40 tonnes were collected from Prescott-Russell farms in 2017.