The Venango Conservation District, together with the Venango County Regional Planning Commission and the Venango County Penn State Extension will host a public meeting to discuss potential recycling options for agricultural plastics as alternatives to hazardous burning or costly disposal to landfills.
A wide variety of products are "agricultural plastics". They could include such things as white bale wrap, silage bags, bunker and bale covers, row plastics, high tunnels, hoop plastics, plastic twine, netting and seed/grain bags. These products are increasing in use due to their durability, flexibility and low cost. Some experts estimate that 15-20 pounds of agricultural plastics per year are used per dairy cow.
So, the problem becomes, how to dispose of all that plastic. Burning agricultural plastics can release toxic chemicals into the air and residues can contaminate soil and ground water.
Options for recycling agricultural plastics are slowly emerging around the country. The challenge is cleaning, collecting and shipping to recycling facilities. Agricultural plastics have the potential to be recycled into garbage bags or plastic lumber.
We would like to hear from farmers and producers on their interests and needs with regards to disposal of agricultural plastics. The public meeting will be held on Thursday March 31st 2016 at 6:00pm at the Venango County Fair Auditorium. Please join us!
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