Its orders have gone to every county in the ROI, through the Farm Relief Services (FRS) Network. FRS Network has been involved with collecting waste plastic from Irish farms for over 9 years, funded by a compulsory government levy applied to all silage plastic purchased by farmers.
The scheme was very successful at the beginning, with the network collecting up to 10,000 tonnes of waste farm plastic a year. But the levy system meant there was no obligation on farmers to keep their plastic clean as they had already paid for the collection up-front. As a result huge costs in administration, transportation and recycling were experienced, leading to a shortfall in levy money and the suspension of the scheme last September.
FRS Network chief executive Peter Byrne said the new Solway system should offer a an effective and practical system to keep its farms tidy and make it easier to recycle, with less cost to the farmer using the pay-as-you-go system.
“We can also be in control of our own scheme, provide stability and not be reliant on government bodies stop-starting the system and provide farmers with a reliable service,” Byrne said.
Solway Recycling developed the National Farmers Waste Service in the UK and Ireland, to help farmers and grower comply with new waste legislation. New agricultural waste regulations were introduced in England and Wales on May 15 2006.