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.

About the scheme

Collected liners are consolidated at hubs around New Zealand then baled and shipped to a plastics recycling plant in China.

The agricultural plastics are recycled at the plant into plastic resin pellets and reused in new plastic products.

Accredited: 3 May 2010 for 7 years.

Products covered

Scheme scope

Scheme manager

Agricultural plastics (including bale wrap, silage wrap, silage pit covers, twine, animal feed/nutrition and crop bags).

New Zealand-wide.


Any brand accepted.


Waste crop packaging products from the agricultural and horticultural markets(silage bale wrap plastic and silage pit covers).


Other farm plastic packaging waste accepted includes feed and fertiliser bags (LDPE and PP), plastic packaging, twines, and vine nets from the viticulture industry.


Net wrap and HDPE plastic containers are currently out of scope of the accreditation.

Agpac Limited.

The scheme’s progress

During the 2012/2013 year, the Plasback scheme has collected 850.2 tonnes of silage wrap for recycling. The scheme has over 1000 recycling bins on farms in New Zealand and has collected 2472.8 tonnes of farm packaging waste since it began in 2006.

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 2010 and autumn 2011 feeding seasons.

Due to the campaign’s success, the adverts were repeated during the 2012 winter season. 

Find out more

The Plasback scheme [Plasback website], including information about costs, online bin and liner shopping, and how to book a collection.

Information on our website about the Waste Minimisation Fund, which helps fund waste minimisation projects.