National Agricultural Plastics Stewardship Scheme: Victorian pilot

National Agricultural Plastics Stewardship Scheme: Victorian pilot

The National Agricultural Plastics Stewardship Scheme is working to develop a viable market to recycle agricultural plastics. The Sunraysia and Loddon regions have been selected to pilot an approach to improve the collection and recycling of selected plastics in the region.

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.

About the Victorian pilot

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.

Drop-off sites

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:

  • Mildura Rural City Council landfill, 15 Scherger Drive, Mildura VIC 3500
    From 31 May 2022: Tuesdays 8:15am-4:45pm, Wednesdays 8:15am-4:45pm and Thursdays 8:15am-4:45pm
    See our Mildura collection site fact sheet for more information. 
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council landfill, 6859 Sea Lake-Swan Hill Rd, Swan Hill VIC 3585
    From 14 June 2022: Thursdays 8:30am-11:30am
    See our Swan Hill collection site fact sheet for more information.
  • North West Ag Services, 101 Farrell St, Ouyen VIC 3490
    From 14 June 2022: The first Wednesday of each month from 3:00pm-5:00pm with a BBQ and networking opportunity
    See our Ouyen collection site fact sheet for more information. 

 

It’s easy to prepare your plastic for recycling

Grape covers, irrigation tube and grain bags need to be clean and rolled to be eligible for the pilot. Follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Separate plastic
  • Step 2: Shake or brush off excess dirt and plant matter
  • Step 3: Tightly roll or coil the plastic
  • Step 4: Drop-off plastic at your local collection site.

 

Take a look at these retrieval instructions for table grape covers, irrigation tube and grain silo bags for more information.

Retrieval equipment will be available to assist in the preparation of your irrigation tube and grain bags.

Further information and guidance

Please contact Carl Larsen (RMCG) at carll@rmcg.com.au or 03 5441 4821 or see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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.