This page has information on Plasback, an accredited product stewardship scheme, which recycles agricultural plastics.
About the scheme
Accredited: 3 May 2010 for 7 years.
Plasback collects and recycles agricultural plastics such as bale wrap, silage wrap, silage pit covers and crop bags. Material is collected on the farms through a user-pays bin and liner system. Collected liners are consolidated at hubs around New Zealand then baled and sent to Astron Plastics recycling plant in Auckland. The agricultural plastics are recycled at the plant into plastic resin pellets and reused in new plastic products such as underground cables and slip sheets.
See the Plasback website for more information on collections.
Agricultural plastics (including bale wrap, silage wrap, silage pit covers, twine, animal feed/nutrition and crop bags).
Net wrap and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic containers are currently out of scope of the accreditation.
Any brand accepted.
See What can I recycle? [Plasback website] for more information.
The scheme’s progress
During the 2015-16 year, the Plasback scheme collected 1494 tonnes of silage wrap, 26 tonnes of HDPE drums, and 20 tonnes of vine nets for recycling.
In 2010, Plasback was awarded $130,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to promote the scheme to farmers. Television and radio adverts were broadcast during the spring of 2010 and autumn of 2011 feeding seasons. Due to the campaign’s success, the adverts were repeated during the 2012 winter season.
Find out more
See the Plasback scheme [Plasback website] to read about costs, online bin and liner shopping, and how to book a collection.