The National Agricultural Plastics Stewardship Scheme was one of 24 projects funded under the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund (NPSIF) and a key initiative of the National Waste Policy Action Plan.
It was led by RMCG in partnership with Queensland horticulture industry body Growcom from January 2021 to March 2023.
The scheme aimed to facilitate and incentivise a viable market to recycle agricultural plastics. It involved solutions for on-farm retrieval, from farm collection logistics, processing technology and equipment and development of recycled plastic products and their markets.
The scheme focused on the following priority plastic types:
An example of a grain bag retriever used on-farm. Image: Marissa Shean.
A Scheme Implementation Plan was submitted to the Australian Government in March 2023. It is recommended that a National Non-Packaging Agricultural Plastics Stewardship Scheme commence from the 2024/25 financial year onward, pending the establishment of an Industry Working Group and outcomes from further consultation with key stakeholders.
You can also read the previous project updates: