Big bale plastic leasing deal to be launched at Ploughing

FARM plastic recycling takes another step forward at next week’s National Ploughing Championships, with a Northern Ireland based company offering farmer a deal whereby big bale wrap plastic can be leased, and returned for recycling after the silage is eaten.

Emerald Isle Recycle of Randalstown, Co Antrim is launching the new service to Republic of Ireland farmers, available for any main brand bale wrap.

After the winter, the farmer can book one of the company’s bulk trailers, load the plastic at his convenience, and call Emerald Isle Recycle to arrange collection free of charge.

A minimum lease of one pallet of silage wrap applies.

A company spokesperson described it as “A simple solution to curtailing costs and meeting the paperwork demands of the Department and EU regulators, as recycling certs are issued”.

The company operates a closed-loop service supplying new plastic products, and then collecting waste plastic which is recycled to manufacture their range of equipment used in agriculture.

All price information will be available from them in the DARD stand, number G197, at the Ploughing, which takes place at Cardenton, Athy, Co Kildare, next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

n The motor industry will focus on farmers and other Ploughing visitors, with BMW, Peugeot, Landrover, the Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Kia Cars, Opel, Skoda, and Suzuki exhibiting next week. Passengers can join professional 4x4 instructors in the Skoda Yeti for a thrilling drive on a special driving course.

The Top Gear Experience and a full size Formula One car are among the other treats in store for petrolheads.

The new Kia Rio range, including the 1.4-litre turbo-diesel model, will be officially launched at the Ploughing.

n Champion athlete Derval O’Rourke will be on the National Dairy Council stand (Row H, 234) to meet members of the public on the first day of the Ploughing Championships. Come along to hear about Derval’s training tips as she prepares to represent Ireland in the 2012 Olympic Games.

The NDC expects to have other well known athletes on its stand for the remaining days of the Ploughing to answer questions about their training routines and diet.

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