Burdekin farmers are being encouraged to drop their used fertiliser bags to Council waste disposal facilities as part of a free recycling trial which will see the bags turned into alternative plastic products.
The trial is being run by Farm Waste Recovery in conjunction with the Council, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Incitec Pivot Limited, Impact Fertilisers and Canegrowers.
Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said there would be special collection cages at Council’s waste disposal facilities in Ayr, Home Hill and Giru.
“There are more than 350,000 one-tonne bags and 2 million 25 kilogram bags being used by the sugar cane industry each year,” he said.
“Although some are returned to the manufacturer, most are dumped, burned or stockpiled on farms.
“This trial collection would be an ideal way for farmers to help our environment by clearing the bags from their farm.
“All you have to do is empty the bags, roll the bags up and tie them with the bags own string ties before taking them to your nearest collection cage.
“This will allow for easy collection by the recycling processers and minimise the risk of bags being blown around in strong winds.
“The trial will run until mid-December this year so hopefully farmers will have plenty of time to clear their farms of the bags.”
“The aim of this trial is to see if it is feasible to continue collecting these bags,” he said.
“If it gets sufficient support it is likely that Council will continue to act as a collection point for the fertiliser bags.”
Fertiliser bag collection locations are:
- Ayr Waste Transfer Station – Open 7 days from 9am-5pm
- Home Hill Waste Transfer Station – Open 7 days from 10am-5pm
- Giru Waste Transfer Station – Open Fridays and Sundays from 3pm-6pm
For more information on Farm Waste Recovery go to www.farmwasterecovery.com