How to turn plastic waste into farm products

Rural Exchange 07/05/2018

Huge stockpiles of rubbish are beginning to build up around the country after China has announced they will stop accepting 24 different types of waste, including paper and plastic.

This comes after the nation said taking on our waste was polluting their own environment.

Back here in New Zealand, Plasback is doing some great work collecting a variety of waste products on the farm.

The innovative company uses farm waste such as balage wrap, drench drums and twine to create exciting new products.

Plasback Programme Manager Chris Hartshorne thinks farmers recognise that they need to do better with wastage.

"We hear about plastics in the environment all the time, and farmers are not immune to that as well," he says.

In a first for New Zealand, Plasback are having the majority of plastics recycled and made into plywood surrogate 'TuffBoard'.

Watch the full interview with Chris Hartshorne above.

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