[Market-farming] Old Drip Tape

John Ferree john at seldomseenfarm.com
Sat Jun 4 17:49:57 EDT 2011

I didn't burn it on purpose.  Set it out for the trash. . . woke up to a 
fire during a dry spell that spread throughout my front yard.  had to 
call the fire dept.  almost got to the house.

On 6/4/2011 4:52 PM, Road's End Farm wrote:
> On Jun 4, 2011, at 3:53 PM, John Ferree wrote:
>> When we put a lot of it out for the trash, neighbor kids like to
>> throw flares in it and set it on fire along with the insect cloth.
>> Good times.
> I'd strongly advise against that. Some plastics, when burned, give off
> dioxins. I don't know whether drip tape plastic is one of them; but
> it's very likely to give off something you (and the rest of the
> neighborhood) don't want to be breathing.
> Some areas have a recycling setup for agricultural plastics.
> Unfortunately, most places don't. The only use I've found for old drip
> tape so far is to tie up bundles of old drip tape with, to make it
> easier to handle them for the landfill. I do, however, find that it's
> often possible to get more than one year's use out of the stuff. Lay
> in a good supply of splices first, and of electrical tape for patching
> smaller holes.
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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Seldom Seen Farm <http://www.seldomseenfarm.com/>
Danville, IN
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