Valpak has been appointed by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Environmental Body (CIWM (EB)) to research the economics and practicalities of collecting and recycling all farm plastics waste.
The project, for the Agricultural Waste Stakeholders Forum, will identify how producer responsibility for non-packaging farm plastics could work and how it will link into other Government legislation, such as the packaging regulations.
Valpak will work on the project with environmental and rural solutions provider ADAS.
Regulations are already in place to cover the recycling of all packaging waste from farms, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently announced plans to introduce producer responsibility regulations for non-packaging farm plastics waste. Farms in England are estimated to produce about 64,500 tonnes of non-packaging plastic waste a year through items such as mulching film and polytunnel covers.
ADAS government account manager Dr Andrew Ainsworth said: “This unique partnership brings ADAS’ knowledge, skills and expertise in farming systems and agricultural waste management alongside Valpak’s experience of producer responsibility. Our joint aim is to develop a scheme that is sustainable both environmentally and economically in the long term.”