COOPERSTOWN–Farmers will have two opportunities to drop off their used agricultural plastic for recycling this November through a special program arranged by the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste, Otsego County Conservation Association, Casella Resource Solutions, Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the New York State Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP). The collections are scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 10 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days will run from 8-11 a.m. Participation is free, though pre-registration is required.
Agricultural film plastics are used to prevent spoilage of feed, and as covers for hoop houses and greenhouses. These plastics have long been ignored by traditional recyclers; over the last several years, however, markets have developed that use them as raw materials to create a variety of products including plastic lumber, plywood and sidewalk pavers.
Seasonal collections are held in Oneonta and Cooperstown twice per year. Once collected, the plastic is compacted into bales weighing between 800 and 1,000 pounds using a mobile baling machine before being shipped to a recycler. More than ten tons of plastic have been collected this way since the first collection in March, 2015.
Plastic being accepted this fall includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers. In addition, farmers and homeowners can bring in empty wood pellet bags. For information on participating or to sign up for a time slot, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.
Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org