[Market-farming] Recycle categories for plastics

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Thu Mar 31 14:47:50 EDT 2011

I think part of the issue with agricultural plastics is that they  
often have enough soil on them to require different handling than  
household plastics; but am not sure.

Around here, the regular recyclers won't take them; but if you have a  
recycler there who will, that's great. -- Also around here, at least,  
nobody will recycle household bags; maybe the reason the info isn't on  
the boxes is that the particular plastic isn't actually recyclable. In  
any case, while the mulch may look similar, it isn't necessarily the  
same plastic as household bags; I don't think all household bags are  
the same type of plastic as each other.

I was going to suggest contacting the manufacturers, but I see that  
you already tried that. Maybe if you contacted one of the agricultural  
recyclers that are taking the stuff they could tell you? maybe the  
place in Pennsylvania that would take it if baled knows what the  
category is?

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

On Mar 31, 2011, at 1:29 PM, Wyatt Jones wrote:

> Been meaning to ask this but I keep getting distracted by the  
> Livestock/fence issue and forget LOL.
> Does anyone know what category plastic mulch and driplines fall  
> under?  I've written the manufacturers, looked online, and looked  
> for some indication on the packaging but haven't gotten a response  
> or found anything to indicate what they fall under.  I know they are  
> recyclable, I could sell it if I bought a baler and sent it to  
> Pennsylvania but that would cost too much. I wrote the recycler  
> there but also no response.  There is a recycle center about 12  
> miles away that will take it but they have to know what category it  
> falls under before they will accept it.  I looked on plastic bag  
> boxes, thinking it would fall under the same category as at least  
> the mulch, but none I saw listed it either, which I found a bit  
> strange.  My guess is its category 2 but that's just a guess.
> Thanks
> Wyatt
> Jamestown, Ohio

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