Fluming recycling trial keeps nine tonnes of plastic out of landfill

The Burdekin Shire Council’s fluming recycling trial has been hailed a success with almost nine tonnes of plastic kept out of the Shire’s landfill.

Mayor Bill Lowis said the trial, held in conjunction with Recycling Design Technologies (RDT), was well supported by local farmers.

“Council allowed farmers to drop their stockpiles of old fluming and trickle tape to the Home Hill Waste Transfer Station, and considering it’s a busy time of year there was quite a bit collected,” he said.

“If we can prevent this sort of waste being dumped in our landfill, or from being burnt, then it’s of benefit to everyone.”

Cr Lowis said Council was investigating further opportunities to work with Burdekin farmers and growers on the disposal of plastics.

It is estimated 100km of fluming is sold to Burdekin farmers each year.

RDT spokesman Kevin Smith said he had collected about 15 bales of fluming and a small amount of trickle tape.

“Each bale weighs between 500-600kg depending on how tightly it is compressed,” he said.

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.

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