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Farmers reminded not to burn bale wrap

Farmers are urged to consider alternative options for disposing of bale wrap, as one of the region’s major bale wrap recyclers stops accepting it due to a market shutdown.

Southland disAbility Enterprises Ltd has announced it is unable to accept any further bale wrap until it finds a new market, leaving many farmers looking for a new disposal option.

Environment Southland Senior pollution prevention officer Leonie Grace said used bale wrap needs to be well managed as it can be an eyesore when left lying around. It can get blown away by the wind and often ends up in waterways. It also causes a significant pollution issue if burnt.

Rules in the Regional Air Plan prohibit the burning of bale wrap anywhere in Southland and farmers are encouraged to dispose of their wrap either by contacting Plasback to book a collection of it or storing it clean on farm until further options become available.

“Plasback are still offering a recycling option and Southland disAbility Enterprises are looking for an alternative market, so farmers should continue to keep their wrap as clean as possible and store it in bulk bags until they can dispose of it appropriately,” said Leonie Grace.


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