It is a fact that the farming industry is a big contributor to plastic wastes because of the amount it needs to dispose regularly.
The problem is that majority of the plastic wastes can’t undergo recycling that easy such as the use of plastic granulators but there is good news – there may be hope for the world in reducing plastic wastes through the use of a unique recycling method. The best thing about this recycling process is that it is free of charge.
The plastic containers that are used to store pesticide and fertilizer can now be recycled and transformed into various industrial plastics, highway sign posts and drain pipe for agricultural use. Lately, the USAg Recycling was able to collect from Torrance County and it is their very first load.
The load they picked up was from the farm owned by Ryan Schwebach. This is where they were able to discover plastic containers that have been stored for about a decade inside a trailer that acts as a storage unit.
With the help of the workers from the farm and the personnel of USAg, they were able to gather all the containers that can be recycled and placed them inside the plastic granulators which are grinding machine. It took them several hours in order to get the job done.
Not all containers are allowed to be recycled because of the standards that they have to follow. It is said that the containers must follow the standard set by the Ag Container Recycling Council which calls for rigid containers that have high density of polyethylene like those containers used for pesticide and fertilizers. The containers must be a maximum of 55 gallons and below and it must have been used to contain products that are registered with the EPA.
The containers that are eligible are placed inside plastic granulators and it took them between an hour and an hour and a half in order to complete the process. This is done for free by USAg Recycling because they recognize the importance of recycling and they are aware that farmers are more likely to participate if it is done for free.