The Plasback product stewardship scheme has exported 30 tonnes of plastic resin made from recycled silage wrap film to Australia and Korea.
Plasback scheme manager Chris Hartshorne says along with continuing to develop new products in New Zealand from recycled plastics, opening export markets for the recycled resin is an important step for Plasback.
“We have gathered the scrap material for this resin through our on-farm collection network. By growing export markets we have made another significant step in attaining a sustainable solution for the problem of used bale wrap, and we have provided an economic benefit for New Zealand at the same time.
“As Plasback continues to grow, we are being asked to collect a number of different plastic waste streams from rural industries. This is a welcome spin off from our agricultural collection system.”
Chris Hartshorne says 26 tonne of the recycled resin was sold to a blown film manufacturer based in Seoul, Korea. The Korean company will use the recycled resin to produce a range of products including building films, bags and polyethylene sheeting.
“Our on-farm collection service and the tonnage of waste plastic we collected grew considerably last year and we expect that trend to continue in 2011. More farmers and contractors have joined Plasback, and those who use the recycling scheme are learning how to maximise the efficiency of the collection service and minimise their costs.
“Plasback is a user-pays scheme. There are no expensive levies placed on manufacturers or importers as we place greater emphasis on adding value to the waste stream, and this in turn supports the collections from farms”
“The government of NZ emphasises that product stewardship is the way of the future. This means manufacturers and consumers take responsibility for the full life of the products they use. The Plasback scheme plays an important role in helping the rural sector look after the environment that they and we all depend upon.”