Netafim, An Orbia Business and Plasback announces recycling partnership

The partnership between the two companies will enable growers in New Zealand with end-of-life dripline to recycle this product in a sustainable way.  The ‘Recoil Programme’ will allow those growers needing a solution for their old used dripline to contact Netafim and arrange a recoiling machine to collect the material from the field in an appropriate way.  Once collected, Plasback will arrange for collection from farm or provide suitable drop-off points for the coiled material.  

Currently this material is recycled into other plastic products, but the goal of the partnership is to achieve a closed-loop solution, where the processed material can be re-used in the manufacture of irrigation products at Netafim’s factory in Australia.

Plasback’s partnership with Netafim is a great opportunity to continue Plasback’s work, combined with Netafim’s brand leadership, in the recycling space across Oceania. 

Aaron Edmunds, Netafim’s Managing Director, said about the programme – “As a global leader in irrigation, we have a strong mandate to provide solutions for our products at end of life.  With a long history of providing irrigation products in New Zealand, we’re really pleased to be able to work with Plasback to provide a great solution for our clients in this space.”

Commercial Manager for Plasback, Neal Shaw, said ‘Our partnership with Netafim is a really exciting development that will bolster Plasback’s efforts in driving the on-farm collection and recycling space across Australia and New Zealand.’ 

About Netafim New Zealand

Netafim, the leading global provider of end-to-end precision irrigation solutions, with over 50 years of ground-breaking innovations, irrigation know-how, and project management expertise, helps. 

design, develop and implement your agricultural vision. Netafim ensures you achieve success and profitability through a fully sustainable, precision operation – no matter your crop, location, climate or conditions. 

While Netafim precision irrigation systems have far superior environmental credentials than other methods, the only way to be truly sustainable to is to reduce the amount of unwanted farm-plastics left in-field when farmers replace old products with new Netafim irrigation. 

Since 2006, Netafim has offered an end-of-life recycling program, working closely with selected recycling partners and purchases recycled resin derived from old dripline which is then used in making new drip line and other irrigation products, reducing their reliance on fossil-fuel derived resins. (

About Plasback 

Since the inception of Plasback’s recycling Stewardship around farm plastics in 2006, the business has collected in excess of 30,000,000 kilograms of agricultural plastics. 

In May 2010, Plasback became accredited by the Minister for the Environment under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. This includes silage wrap, silage covers, grain bags, polypropylene bags, twines, large drum recovery, vine nets and irrigation pipe.

Operating the original bin and liner system combined with on farm collection, Plasback is helping to make a real difference; reducing carbon footprint on farms, creating jobs and creating products made from real farm plastics in New Zealand.

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