Farm plastic recycling - overview and regulations
A levy is charged on all farm plastics sold and this is used to assist in the recovery of the plastics. You must ensure that you receive a receipt to prove that waste plastics have been correctly disposed of.
Under the regulations, producers (manufacturers and importers) and suppliers (wholesalers, retailers, traders and contractors) of silage plastic must do the following in order to be compliant:
- Producers must register with an approved body (Irish Farm Film Producers Group) or register and submit returns to each local authority in whose area they provide plastic for sale and offer a deposit and refund scheme
- Suppliers must register with an approved body (Irish Farm Film Producers Group) and exclusively offer for sale plastic provided by a member of the Irish Farm Film Producers Group
Farmers have a number of options to correctly dispose of farm plastics:
- Arrange collection at your farmyard, or deliver the waste to a one day bring-centre arranged by the Irish Farm Films Producers Group (IFFPG)
- Deliver the waste directly to a waste facility
- Arrange a collection at the farmyard by an authorised waste collector
Irish Farm Films Producers Group (IFFPG) is a government approved scheme. IFFPG arrange the collection and recycling of farm plastics across the whole country and charge a fee for this service. It is important to have your 6 digit bar code to avail of the cheaper fee.
You can request to have silage plastics collected from your farm on the Farm Plastics website or alternatively bring it to a bring-centre organised by IFFPG. Details and dates of bring centre collections can be found listed on the Farm Plastics website.
Alternatively, a farmer may chose to directly deliver waste farm plastics to an appropriately authorised waste facility. There are currently two waste facilities located in Clare that are permitted to accept waste farm plastics.
View the details for farm plastic recycling facilities in our index of farm plastic recycling facilities.
Finally, there are a number of private waste collectors who provide a collection service directly at farms. Details of authorised waste collectors can be found on the National Waste Collection Permit Office website.
Whatever means of disposal you chooses, you must ensure that you receive a receipt to prove that waste plastics have been correctly disposed of.
Under no circumstances should farm plastic be burned or buried. This may result in prosecution under the Air Pollution Act, 1987 or the Waste Management Act, 1996, as amended. Enforcement of the farm plastic regulations is carried out regularly by the Waste Enforcement Unit, Clare County Council Environment Section.
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