A new recycling service to help farmers meet their obligations under the Agricultural Waste Regulations has been launched in East Anglia.
Fertiliser firm Cropco, has bought a franchise from the Lincolnshire-based company AgriCycle, to start up a farm plastics and card recycling operation in Essex.
The new scheme will see Cropco offering their farm waste collection service to around 200 of its customers.
Under the New Agricultural Waste Regulations, farmers are obligated to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner, and have some responsibility for ensuring their waste is dealt with properly. The regulations came into force on May 15 2006, but farmers were given a year to register any exemptions, and are still allowed to burn pesticide containers until this May.
Cropco, which has received a small business development grant form Remade East, now collects materials including pesticide containers, vegetable packs and crop covering material, and has already signed up 40 customers.
The company bales up material at a sorting facility near Halstead in Essex before sending it for reprocessing, with all plastic being sent to a plastic recycling plant run by AgriCycle’s at Bath Farm at Caenby in Lincolnshire.
John Poulton, owner and managing director of Cropco Ltd, said: “As we deliver and collect to farmers at the same time we are the most efficient collector there can be. The legislation is forcing the issue of recycling and it seemed obvious for us to do it.”
AgriCycle, which takes material from 34 sites across the UK, runs one processing line for chemical containers and one for silage wrap and crop cover, which can process 10,000 tonnes of material a year. The resulting plastic is then sold for re-moulding.