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Plant begins reprocessing farm plastics

A new €1.25 million plant for reprocessing contaminated farm plastics from around the country was seen in action by local collection schemes this week.

The Integrated Polymers plant, in Rhymney, South Wales, has an annual output capacity of about 15,000 tonnes.

As part of the FarmPlas Network, the plant will reprocess farm plastics collected through local collection schemes around the country.

Contaminated material delivered to the plant will be shredded before undergoing a two-wash process, and made into plastic pellets to be fed back into the UK supply chain.

Most of the reprocessed material is expected to go back into making farm plastics, though the plant is due to expand with two more lines that will open it up to different markets, such as packaging and retail.

Farmers with plastics to dispose of can call the national FarmPlas hotline, to be referred to their local collection scheme. The collection schemes will then issue farmers with a recycling certificate to confirm that the plastic collected has been dealt with properly.

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