Fall is the time of year when we clean up around our homes, farms, and businesses in preparation for winter. Now is the time to put away the tools and equipment that were used all through the growing season. This cool weather that has been ushered in makes for great working temperatures!
Before all the leaves fall from the trees and the snow piles up high, gather up all your plastics and recycle the eligible materials!
Bundle up that drip tape as you lift it from the rows, but make sure you keep and reuse those pricey fittings and nozzles! They’ll come in handy next year! Simply remove the crop material as the tape is wound up into a manageable size. Store it somewhere where the leaves can’t get mixed into it until you are ready to send it off for recycling.
All of the starter trays, pots, and flats that are taking up space can be sent off to recycle, too!
Did you know that you can earn 5 cents a pound by for the #6 polystyrene material? Simply have it separated from the other material and if it is a large volume, have it stacked on a pallet! We do accept the #2 hdpe and #5 polypropylene pots and trays as well! However, we can only offer free disposal at this time on those. All material must be reasonably clean and dry! Knock out the potting soil. You paid for it and we don’t need it!
Contact us when you are ready to send your recyclables off! For info on what else we accept for recycling see the materials tab above!
Does your business have recycling needs that just are not being fulfilled? Are you interested in getting closer to your goal of zero waste going to landfills? We can help! If you have plastics and cardboard that you wish to see recycled, please contact us today to see what options are available. Some of the plastic materials we have handled in the past include:
- Rinsed Drums
- Bottles & Trays
- Rinsed Liquid Totes
We are always looking for new ways to serve our customers, so feel free to see what we can do for you!
Looking for a good heavy trash can liner that will hold up to the job?
Consider trying our trash can liners that are 50% recycled plastic. Much of our plastic film material that we take for recycling is turned into trash can liners by a manufacturer in New York. Our trash bags are listed under the new product tab, so be sure to check it out! Our most popular bag is the 1.8 mil thick 55 gallon bag. They fit great into 55 gallon cut off barrels that many businesses, parks, and special events use. They are competitively priced, but may not in some instances be the cheapest when compared to the same thickness of bag from another manufacturer. However, many customers have found that they hold up to the task better due to the quality of material. Also, by purchasing these liners, customers can be glad they are supporting agricultural & commercial plastics recycling right here in the mid Atlantic region since they are made from the material used in this area. Recycled content products are not always cheaper because of the effort required to be sustainable above and beyond disposing in a landfill. Contact us for more details. Several pick up and delivery options are available! Se the New Products tab for a full listing!
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!
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”