A Welsh waste management firm has slammed what it calls a “ridiculous” lack of plastic recycling options available to farmers.
Birch Farm Plastics claims it is the only company that provides dedicated agricultural plastic waste management in Wales, despite 30% of overall farming waste being made of plastic, and says it takes in 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, weighing the same as the Eiffel Tower.
Plastics are sent by the company to the British Polythene Industries recycling plant where they are transformed into useful products such as pit liners and refuse bags.
Company founder, Marilyn Birch told media: “Farmers are really taking it on board, they want to reduce their waste and have it recycled. So we really do need the facilities to deal with it.
“There’s only one plant in Wales that will take the agricultural film, one in England and one in Scotland – so three recycling plants to deal with all this agricultural waste – it’s ridiculous really.
“But when we’ve contacted local authorities over the years to ask them how they feel they can help with the issues of farm plastics they’re not interested because their targets are to do with municipal waste.”
Environment minister Hannah Blythyn has called for improved infrastructure relating to plastic waste management on farms.