On farm plastic baling

Thinking of baling plastic at your location to ship to us? Let us share some helpful information with you!

One customer tried using a round baler to roll it up. First, few companies can unroll or shred a round bale of plastic. It needs to be fed in by “slices”. Second, the bale started to melt along the edges and started to smoke and became a very dangerous situation!

We have had a customer bring in small square bales such as what is seen above. The problem with this bale right off the bat is that there is 5 different materials in there with very different melt points, chemical make-up, and end use possibilities! The correct way to do this would be to bale the 4 materials ( strings, bale wrap, bunker cover, and softener salt bags) as separate bales. Dispose of the net wrap, as it is not recyclable. However……

CAUTION! This is extremely dangerous!!! Using these machines to bale plastic is asking for trouble!

Plastic being fed into the baler can move fast even with the tractor at idle. It can wrap around a person’s leg without their knowledge as they are concentrating on feeding the baler. Trust us! We know as we have done it ourselves! We wanted to see if this would be a option for our customers. Then there is the fire risk!

We don’t want to hear of a customer having a fire, injury, or worse yet a fatality due to trying to pre-bale. Please just keep it sorted, clean, and dry as you generate the material. Storage methods can be found in an earlier post. You may contact us for other options available or share what you have found to be a simple storage method! Be safe!

So what is too dirty for recycling?

Many customers ask “What is too dirty for recycling?”. Here is a few photos to give an idea. The cleaner the better!


Above left is trench cover or silage bag that has been driven over with equipment or was picked up and tried to be dried out with a loader. Cut off the excess before rain or before it is in the way of being driven on. Above right is the same material that was rolled up with forage still inside. Please shake out all forage! Feed your animals with it!


Above left is bale wrap that has been driven on. It is much easier for the customer to put clean plastic in a container than it is if it is dirty and water logged. On the right is hay forage that was left in bale wrap. The forage rotted and the odor permeated the plastic rendering it unfit for the end user!

Plastic baler twine is the only twine that is recyclable. Sisal twine contaminates everything and rejects all of the plastic twine! Excessive hay will do the same. Keep the forage that you worked so hard to make!

Recycling can be very simple and easy! However it does take a little more effort than throwing it in the dumpster or burn pile. Just keep it clean and dry by putting it into your preferred container before it gets soiled. Many, many farmers have found that when they got the routine started, recycling truly is achievable. We farm, so we know what you are up against! Feel free to contact us for advice on coming up with “Your Plastic Recycling Solution”

How to get your materials here-

If you have business to conduct in Shippensburg or Chambersburg, contact us before you come and have your plastics and or cardboard tag along for the ride! Not coming to the area? Contact us for pickup options. Message the page, call 717-658-9660, or email jgeisinger@agplasticsolutions.com for more information.