Farm waste gathered – it’s a wrap

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Brooke Sheridan from Ashburton Wastebusters in front of some of the collected twine and wrap to be sent away.

By Mick Jensen

The on-farm recycling service offered by community recycler Wastebusters has amassed 85,500 tonnes of baleage and silage wrap over the last 12 months.

Some 234 farms in Mid Canterbury are signed up to the service, which encourages and makes it easy for farmers to do the right thing with the left-over products.

That number has risen strongly since Wastebusters started the charged service in 2014.

Recycling bins are filled on farm and, when full, are picked up by Rural Transport and delivered to Wasterbusters, which bales and compresses products like wrap.

Baled products are sent away to be made into other plastic-based products.

Bins contents collected over the last year have now filled four 40-foot containers.

Wastebusters manager Sharon Breakwell said Mid Canterbury farmers were getting behind the service and were “doing the right thing” with the left-over wrap and other products.

They were breaking old habits and helping the environment, she said.

Another 40 foot container with compressed bale twine and bulk fertiliser bags would also shortly leave the McNally Street depot, she said.

Wastebusters is also contracted through the Packaging Forum to collect recycled soft plastics from participating Christchurch and Ashburton supermarkets and other drop off points.

The first 20-foot container of collected and compressed soft plastics will also leave the depot soon and there is enough for a second container to follow.