What do farmers have to do?
Simply place their waste plastics into the Bin straight away! Then, once the liner is full, contact Plasback This simple action of placing the waste materials in the Bin as soon as possible after feed out keeps the plastic much cleaner and this means recyclers are better able to use the plastic. It also helps to keep your farm tidy and there is less risk of the plastic polluting the countryside.
How does the Bin and Liner system work?
The circular Bin is designed to hold a heavy duty liner in such a way to allow farmers to pack the most plastic into each liner. The Bin has a horizontally sliding lid to keep out rain and to keep the plastic secure in the liner. When the liner is full you simply take off the lid, tie the liner off, undo the two latches at the front and remove the filled liner.
Do you have smaller liners for Lifestyle blocks?
Yes, smaller liners are available for small holdings. These liners hold up to 20 wraps and will be collected for $20 plus GST. A bin liner costs $8.05 including GST.
Why can’t you pick up loose plastic?
Apart from the contamination issue, loose plastic is difficult to collect. It is hard to judge how much material is lying in a pile and it is not easy to agree a price for collecting a random pile of material without having to go to the expense of weighing the collection vehicle after each pickup. It is also complicated to plan collections, as the collector does not know how much material to expect at each pick up point. The liner serves as a unit both for planning purposes and for making a fair charge to everyone.
Isn’t there always some mud or water on the bale wrap?
Yes and that’s fine. We accept there will always be some dirt. We are trying to stop the excessive contamination that happens after the bale has been fed out. In particular heavy objects are often thrown on the piles of plastic to stop them blowing around and these types of objects cause serious damage to recycling machines.
Can I use a wool fadge or another type of bag?
No. This is because the whole of the liner and its contents are recyclable together. This means there is no further sorting to be done when the filled liner gets to the recycling plant. Also by having the same type of filled liner everyone is using the same standard “unit”. This means when we are organising collections in each local area we will know exactly what volume is available at each farm. Everyone will be paying the same uplift fee based on each liner regardless of the type of plastic or the amount in each liner.
Do I have to buy a Bin?
No. But you must use the liner. If you want to make your own holder that’s fine, but the recycling Bin has been specially designed to allow you to get the maximum amount of plastic into each liner. It has been designed by farmers for farmers. As you pay a fixed uplift charge for each liner regardless of how much is in the liner, the more plastic you get in the liner the better. The Bin has also been designed to allow you easy access to the filled liner so you can get the heavy liner out ready for collection.
How much plastic do I get in the liner?
This depends on how much care you take in filling the liner and whether or not you chose to use a Bin. You should aim to get around 150 used wraps into each liner but you will need to roll up the wraps before putting them in the Bin. If you only use a liner you will not get quite as many wraps in.
What are the Bins made from?
The Bins are made from recycled farm baleage wrap so we can close the recycling loop. Recycling is essentially reusing materials into other products—this is when the recycling process is complete creating a circular economy (closed loop). The Bin is made from a single flexible sheet folded to make a circle, bin plastic is strong enough to withstand the New Zealand conditions.
Can I put other farm plastics in the Bin?
Yes you can- however you need a separate liner per waste stream. This system also allows you to segregate plastics at source which again helps the recycling process. You can mix your baleage wraps with silage pit covers, smooth plastic feed bags, and plastic packaging that comes on farms. If you take your silage pit cover off in strips then put the strips into the liner. If you fold the cover off the pit in one, and you want to dispose of it, then simply fold the cover into a parcel and leave it by the Bin ready for collection. There will be a $50 + gst charge to uplift this parcel. If you have half tonne or one tonne feed or fertiliser bags these should be kept separate from the other plastics as they are a different plastic.
What about the net wrap?
We do not take net wrap. It is important that you do not mix baler twine or net wrap with the baleage wrap as they are different plastics. Please separate the net wrap from the baleage wrap before putting only the baleage wrap in the Bin. (Twine can go in a separate liner to be recycled).
How do I know which types of plastic can be mixed together?
Once you have joined the scheme you will be sent a leaflet telling you which plastics can be mixed and which plastics cannot be accepted and have to be kept separate. If in doubt phone Plasback.
When my liner is full what do I have to do next?
Contact Plasback and they will organise everything or your local Plasback collector. Free Phone 0508 338 240.
How can I prove that I have disposed of my plastic wastes properly?
Once you have had a collection you will be sent a recycling certificate to confirm you have disposed of your plastic wastes properly. You can show this to quality assurance inspectors. We will keep a database recording how much waste has been collected from your farm.
What will happen if a farmer puts unsuitable or unwanted materials mixed in with the plastic?
They will be charged for the full cost of disposal including any remediation costs. We may be unable to collect from them again and they will have to make alternative arrangements for the collection of their plastic.
Do I have to take my liners off the farm to a collection point?
No. This is an on farm collection service.
Where do I have to leave my filled liners on the farm?
You should leave your liners at the farm yard with easy access for a lorry. This should be a hard standing area clear of overhanging trees and cables. Please do not stack liners too close to a building.
How much does all this cost?
The set-up costs are as follows: The Bin is priced at $759 plus GST and this is a one-off cost. After that the cost is in purchasing liners, a single liner holds approx. 150 bale wraps and costs $28.50 plus GST. After that you only pay $50 plus GST for the collection of each liner.
Is there a membership fee to join the collection service?
No. This is a simple “pay as you go” service.
Can I continue to burn or bury my plastic on farm?
The practice of burning and burying waste plastics on farm is not good for the environment and is not best farming practice. Many farmers continue to do this because there has been no alternative. However global supply chains are demanding increased emphasis on greener production methods and these include environmental issues such as waste disposal. Some regional and local councils already have clean air legislations which prohibit the burning of plastic and more are likely to introduce bans in the near future. The more farmers who support the collection scheme the cheaper and more widespread it will become.