See New Ag Plastics Recycling Options at Aug. 7-9 Empire Farm Days
Cornell University NYS RAPP (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project) will have a “Big Foot” plastics baler and a new horizontal baler working and on exhibit at the Northeast’s largest outdoor agricultural trade show at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. Both balers are mobile units specifically designed for compacting agricultural plastics.
The demonstrations will take place daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm. RAPP representatives will be showing how to sort, bundle and make bales from used farm plastics.
RAPP will hold a “Name That Baler” contest during Empire Farm Days, giving show visitors the chance to name the new horizontal-style balers. A winner will be announced and prizes awarded on Thursday, August 9.
Baling used plastics can save farm and business owners landfill and dumpster fees of $70 or more per ton.
RAPP leader Lois Levitan and RAPP Senior Field Coordinator Nate Leonard will display samples of new products made from recycled agricultural plastics, including TERREWALKS Granite sidewalk pavers made from recycled black and white silage bags. The darker grey pavers are an addition to the product line of TERRCON (formerly Rubbersidewalks, Inc.), which also makes a lighter grey paver from all-white bale wrap recycled from New York State Farms.
“The evolution of products that can be made with recycled agricultural plastics continues to create incentives for farmers to recycle more and more of their farm plastics,” Levitan says.
RAPP also works with farm, nursery and greenhouse business operators to recycle rigid plastics such as agricultural medicine bottles, soap and liquids drums, pesticide containers, and nursery pots and trays.
RAPP’s new recycling ag plastics how-to training video will be playing in the Cornell Center building throughout the 300-acre show that attracts more than 600 exhibitors and 70,000 farmers from all over the US and Canada.
The Empire Farm Days agricultural showcase also includes DairyProfit and Equine Center seminars; live animals; farm safety and family life displays and activities; 600-plus representatives of agricultural institutions and organizations; GPS-equipped and compact tractor and ATV test drives; and chicken, beef & pork BBQ. For more details, contact Empire Farm Days Manager Melanie Wickham: 877-697-7837, email@example.com. #
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