Waste plas­tic pick-up made eas­ier

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

A Waikato con­trac­tor who col­lects waste plas­tic from farms for the Plas­back re­cy­cling scheme has added a truck with a crane to his op­er­a­tion to keep up with in­creas­ing busi­ness.

Mata­mata-based Plas­back col­lec­tor Roger Slat­tery, who runs Slat­tery Con­tract­ing, has added a truck with a mounted Hiab crane to his op­er­a­tion. ‘‘We used to rely on the farmer load­ing the bags of re­cy­cled wrap on to our trailer,’’ Mr Slat­tery said.

‘‘Now they can leave it on a track or tanker loop where it is ac­ces­si­ble and we can just pick it up our­selves.’’

Slat­tery Con­tract­ing also runs a baler that com­pacts the bags of wrap and read­ies them for ship­ping.

Mr Slat­tery said the vol­ume of plas­tic waste col­lected from farms throughout Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and Pukekohe con­tin­ued to grow.

Plas­back scheme man­ager Chris Hartshorne said the main con­trac­tors were in­vest­ing in ex­tra equip­ment as farm­ers re­cy­cled more waste silage film and chem­i­cal con­tain­ers.

In the year end­ing June 2012, Plas­back col­lected 677 tonnes of waste plas­tic from New Zealand farms – an in­crease of 30 per cent.

‘‘Our an­nual fig­ure in­cludes 630 tonnes of waste silage film,’’ Mr Hartshorne said.

‘‘This brings the to­tal amount of plas­tic we have col­lected since we launched the scheme in 2005 to more than 1600 tonnes,’’ he said.

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