Heavy plastic wraps are abundant at farms in Minnesota where they are used to store grain, as well as other purposes. However, the Minnesota farmers still did not get to recycle these – until now.
Early this month, the farmers from Winona County lined up to get 134 garbage bins to place in their farms to accumulate plastic wraps. The company Revolution Plastics is going to pick the entire garbage bins to deliver them to a hub located in Wisconsin. The plastic is going to be prepared there and be sent to Arkansas. From there, trash bags are going to be made by the company.
The Recycling Association of Minnesota is really hoping that Revolution Plastics is going to expand its operations in Minnesota, according to Brita Sailer, the executive director of the group. It is already planning to open a new collection hub located in Sauk Centre by next month.
Sailer mentioned that they have been working with Revolution Plastics for three years already, trying to have them come in Minnesota, and they decided to do it.
There are no costs when farmers participate. Sailer mentioned that the recycling association is requesting farmers all over Minnesota to sign up in their website and to show interest, even if this is still not available to everyone this time.
She said that if they already have enough people, they are going to bring the garbage bins in. They are going to have farmers get them, and the company is going to pick these bins up from the farms with their hauler system.
Sailer mentioned that their group previously focused on recycling holiday lights, which happened for about seven years. This program had them gather almost 1 million pounds of holiday lights during that period, which also simultaneously occurred with a lot of Minnesotans no longer using incandescent lights but replaced with energy efficient LEDs.
The venture done by the Recycling Association of Minnesota is a very helpful solution to the growing plastic waste problem. For everyone else, there are plastic granulator machines which are available to recycle plastic at home or at businesses.