The Burdekin Shire Council, in conjunction with Recycling Design Technologies, is embarking on a trial project to recycle fluming and trickle tape used by cane and vegetable growers in the Burdekin region.
Council Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said 100km of fluming was sold to Burdekin farmers each year.
“When the fluming or trickle tape comes to the end of its useful life and becomes waste, much of it ends up in landfill or is illegally disposed of or burnt,” she said.
“Burning or other illegal disposal of this material causes the release of toxins and causes environmental harm.”
Mrs Whitworth said the trial project was aimed at reducing the amount of waste fluming and trickle tape stockpiled on Burdekin farms.
“Farmers can take their old fluming and trickle tape to the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station, which will be used for the temporary storage of the plastic, from July 1 until July 20, 2014, during the hours of 10am-5pm daily,” she said.
“Farmers bringing fluming and trickle tape to the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station will need to follow the directions of the transfer station operators at all times.
“This provides a three-week opportunity for farmers to clear stockpiles from their farms before RDT bales and removes the fluming for reprocessing.
“This trial is only for fluming and trickle tape – but not plastic mulch or other types of plastic.
“However if this trial proves successful, RDT will consider extending the service to plastic mulch.”
Mrs Whitworth said Council was happy to work with the shire’s cane farmers and private industry to try to remove some of this material stockpiled around the shire.
RDT is based in Capalaba near Brisbane, but currently works in the district collecting trickle tape which is turned back into recycled plastic products for the auto industry, battery cases and other industrial plastic products.