County rides to rescue of farm plastics recycling program

Becker County is launching an unusual three-way partnership to pick up, bale and recycle farm plastics, boat wrap and greenhouse plastic.

Farm plastic awaits baling at the Becker County Recycling Center at the transfer station. Submitted photo

Farm plastic awaits baling at the Becker County Recycling Center at the transfer station. Submitted photo

Farm plastic piled at the Becker County Recycling Center will be baled and shipped off to become new plastic bags and other products. submitted photo

Farm plastic piled at the Becker County Recycling Center will be baled and shipped off to become new plastic bags and other products. submitted photo

The idea is to fill the void left by a plastics recycler pulling out of central Minnesota, including Becker and Otter Tail counties.

Arkansas-based Revolution Plastics officially launched in southern Wisconsin in June 2016, and expanded into Minnesota six months later.

Plastic wrap waiting for pickup in a Revolution Plastics dumpster at a Becker County farm. The dumpsters will remain under a new Becker County program. Submitted photo

Plastic wrap waiting for pickup in a Revolution Plastics dumpster at a Becker County farm. The dumpsters will remain under a new Becker County program. Submitted photo

Revolution now collects more than 250 million pounds of ag plastics per year, according to the Resource Recycling news site. Only LDPE film is accepted, because that's what its parent company, Delta Plastics, uses in its production plants, making plastic bags and other products.

Each of the 30 participating farms in Becker County received its own 8-cubic-yard dumpster, and the company picked up the plastics for free.

Farmers could recycle things like used irrigation tape and tubing and cover; fumigation, greenhouse and hoophouse films; used bale wrap; ag/grain bags; most bunker covers and oxygen barrier film. 

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