Farm plastics collection and recovery in England will be the focus of a £1 million programme, funded by the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme (BREW).
The successful application for funding was made by the Agricultural Waste Stakeholders Forum in anticipation of the new Agricultural Waste Regulations that will be introduced early next year. The regulations will require England's 137,000 farms to find alternative ways of disposing non-natural waste, the majority of which is currently burned or buried.
Farm packaging waste is covered by the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations but at the moment little or no agricultural waste is collected.
The objective of the programme will be to develop the infrastructure for a sustainable farm plastics collection and recovery network throughout the country, to allow for the majority of all farm plastics to be collected and recovered. The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Environmental Body (CIWM (EB)) will manage the delivery of the programme and will shortly engage in a tendering process to find contractors to carry out the research and development work in the next two years.
- Those wishing to express an interest in bidding need to submit a short structured application by November 30 to CIWM (EB) executive administrator Ivan Good at firstname.lastname@example.org