Agricultural Plastic/Boat Wrap Recycling

February 2017 Update on Agricultural Plastic Recycling

The Agricultural Plastic and Boat Wrap recycling initiative has taken some great steps forward in the past six months.   With the advent of the Revolution Plastics company bringing their program to Minnesota in December, 2016 , active  on–farm collection of plastics has begun.

On Monday, January 30, 2017,  Revolution Plastics’ packer trucks collected 21,300 lbs of ag plastics in Winona County and headed back out the next day to empty the remainder of the  134 dumpsters that were distributed to Winona County farmers on December 21, 2016.
By February 3rd,  every  Revolution Plastics dumpster in MN will be serviced and a projected grand total of 100,000 lbs of Ag plastics will have been collected in Minnesota under this program.

The next hub will begin operation in this spring for central Minnesota farmers within an 80 mile radius of Sauk Centre. Dispersal of the 400 dumpsters which are currently on the ground in Glenwood,  awaiting assignment  will get underway when farmer sign ups are complete for that area.

 

 

To learn more about these and other developments for Minnesota, we invite you to attend the Ag Plastic /Boat Wrap update meeting scheduled for February 9th from  1-3 pm at the Holiday Inn and Suites in St. Cloud.    Click on this  link for agenda    AG Plastics / Boat Wrap Recycling

Please contact RAM for more details . 651-641-4560    Brita@recycleminnesota.org

 

 

Revolution’s trucks collected 21,300 lbs of ag plastics on Monday, January 30, 2017 in Winona County and headed back out the next day to collect more .

 

Pictured at right is Ag wrap /silage bunker cover collected during the first week of pick-ups in Winona County . This material will soon be on its way to the Revolution Plastics manufacturing plant to be recycled into garbage bags

 

 

 

 

 

Revolution Plastics’ FREE Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program  Now Accepting Minnesota Farms.

Farms must sign up for new FREE on-farm agricultural plastic

recycling program.

Farmers should visit www.revolutionplastics.com to notify Revolution Plastics that they would be willing to host a film plastics-only container on their farm. Just two to three full dumpsters a year is enough to justify a location, and smaller farms could share the container.

Already active in Wisconsin,Illinois and Iowa,  Revolution Plastics will place the container on the farm and pick
up the plastic at no cost to the farmer. The company delivers the collected plastic to Arkansas where it is made into bags and plastic resin.
The Recycling Association of Minnesota and its principal project partners Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management, Tri-County Solid Waste Administration of Stearns, Sherburne and Benton counties, Otter Tail County and Tri-County Solid Waste  serving Nicollet, Le Sueur and Sibley Counties along with other counties including Winona and McLeod and  industry partners including Minnesota Milk, Land O Lakes, CHS and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Department of Agriculture, have long been looking for an economically and environmentally sustainable solution for management of Ag plastics.

To sign up, farmers should call toll free  844-490-7873 or visit www.revolutionplastics.com

The first Minnesota collection service will begin in mid- December in Winona County.  A second, larger collection hub is planned to begin by February 2017 once 200 to 300 farms within an 80 miles radius of Sauk Centre have signed up for the service.

Service will be expanded to other regions and states as farmers sign up for the service, so
everyone in Minnesota is encouraged to visit the website or call.

Fore more information, call the Recycling Association of Minnesota at (651) 451-4560.
To learn more about Revolution Plastics, click here.

To help spread the word about this remarkable opportunity, The  Recycling Association of Minnesota staffed booths  in 2016  at:

Minnesota Farmers Union Convention on  November 18th , 2016 at the Ramada Plaza, 1330 Industrial Boulevard NE , Minneapolis, MN 55413

2016 Minnesota Milk- Dairy Conference & Expo    on Wednesday , November 30  from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Thursday,  December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. River’s Edge Convention Center  10 South Fourth Ave, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Awards

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We won the 2016 Partnership of the Year award from Environmental Initiative for our agricultural/marine plastics recycling project.

RAM was also a finalist in the Sustainable Business category for our work on agricultural (such as bale wraps) and boat plastic wrap recycling.

RAM and Partners presented on Agricultural Plastics Recycling topic at
the Minnesota Milk Dairy workshops during the week of  February 16, 17 & 18th.

In recognition of the fact that these plastic materials can create some challenges for farmers and solid waste/recycling facilities alike, RAM and several of its key partners gave panel presentations around the state at the annual Dairy Management Workshops Hosted by the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.  Panel presentations covered  recycling, disposal and management of waste agricultural film plastics including bale wrap, bunker covers, silage bags.  This comprehensive session focused on the rationale, barriers and opportunities from the perspective of recyclers, dairy farmers, county and state solid waste managers.

The workshops were held in:

Rochester at the International Event Center on Tuesday, February 16th
Perham at the Cactus on Wednesday February 17th,
Hutchinson at the Crow River Winery on Thursday, February 18th.
To see information about the content provided at these workshops click here www.mnmilk.org/dmw

To see an overview of the workshop, click here.

RAM’s Initial Steps and Involvement

To learn more about why and how RAM got involved in agricultural plastic recycling, click here.