Plastic collection centres for farmers

A NATIONAL network of plastic collection centres for farmers has been announced by the Irish Farm Film Producers Group.

The 150 pay-by-weight centres will cater for farmers who wish to have their plastic bale wraps and pit covers recycled.

Michael Slattery, chairman of the IFFPG, a not-for-profit organisation, said the service would be the most cost-effective in the country.

Farmers are requested to bring proof of purchase containing a six-digit code to avail of this service at the reduced rate. Farmers are not required to purchase any bin liners or bins.

IFFPG general manager Liam Moloney said the bring centres would commence in Cork, north Tipperary, Galway, Roscommon, Meath and Longford.

The cost is €35/half- tonne, when a six-digit proof of purchase code is produced, and €85/half- tonne if farmers do not bring the code.

“Farmers have clearly told the IFFPG that their recycling preference is bring centres, and we have responded by establishing almost 150,” he said.

Mr Moloney said a full list of dates and venues for the centres are available at www.farmplastics.ie.

The IFFPG is the only approved body in Ireland for the implementation of a compliance scheme for farm plastic collection and recycling.

The group comprises representatives from each of the stakeholders in farm plastic production, distribution and sale, and farmers. It recorded a 22% increase in used plastic collections last year.

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