Agriculture, fisheries and forestry produce a large and diverse amount of plastic waste. The disposal of this waste often involves harmful practices that can pollute our environment.
Recycling of agricultural plastics in Australia is currently low due to challenges including contamination on-farm, limited collection options, and long transport distances to recyclers.
There is an opportunity to turn old plastic products back into new ones – reducing waste and saving money.
The pilot will operate across the Sunraysia and Loddon regions with collection sites in Mildura, Swan Hill and Ouyen. It is being led by agricultural consultancy RMCG along with a range of partners and local businesses across the region.
Target plastic types include table grape covers and irrigation tube from horticulture and grain silo bags from broadacre cropping.
The pilot will only accept this material between May and October 2022. After this time, a broader scheme will be developed with the potential to collect agricultural plastics in the region.
During the pilot, it will be free to drop-off your old grape covers, irrigation tube and grain bags for recycling at one of the three convenient collection sites. Additional fee-for-service farm collection can be arranged for large amounts of agricultural plastic. Please contact us to discuss further using the details below.
You can drop-off your old grape covers, irrigation tube and grain bags at:
Grape covers, irrigation tube and grain bags need to be clean and rolled to be eligible for the pilot. Follow these simple steps:
Retrieval equipment will be available to assist in the preparation of your irrigation tube and grain bags.
If you would like to be involved in the Victorian pilot, please complete the Expression of Interest form below
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.