Plastic collectors were looking to increase the recycling of farm plastics and showcase best practice across the industry as concerns about the use of plastic remained high on the public’s concerns on sustainability.
Businesses had grouped together to create the Green Tractor scheme and were aiming to provide UK agriculture with the ability to recycle all farm plastic packaging by 2030.
Major companies in the sector, including Agri-Cycle, Solway, Farm XS and Emerald Isle Recycle in Ireland, were part of the scheme which had members covering the whole of the UK. The scheme was non-profit and funded by collectors.
The members were then able to use the Green Tractor logo to showcase to farmers they were part of the scheme.
Agri-Cycle managing director Robert Moore said: “The scheme is to give farmers a choice of where they want to recycle. They have peace of mind it is being done properly.
“The idea of the whole scheme was to remove more plastic from farms for recycling.”
He added the scheme was independently audited to ensure companies were following best practice.
Mr Moore said: “We have a website where farmers can go and it gives a list of all the collectors involved.”
He emphasised the companies were all independent and the platform allowed farmers to contact collectors covering their area and choose the best fit for their business.
Farming businesses would also be able to use the logo. And with plastic use one of the top concerns for UK consumers, it could help the industry reassure its customers they were acting responsibly.
“It is a badge farmers can display to show they are recycling,” he said.
Members were also talking to the government and other bodies about helping to increase recycling capacity in the UK to cope with the increasing plastic supply.