Agricycle Caledonian is a joint venture between Forth Resource Management and Agricycle, a farm plastics recycling expert in Lincolnshire.

We were formed in response to the change of Scottish Legislation banning the incineration of agricultural waste. Our service allows farmers to fully comply with this change in legislation and provide an auditable recycling solution for all of the materials collected.

The farm plastic waste from our customers is returned to Agri.cycle Head Office where it is washed, shredded and processed on the purpose-built site in Lincolnshire. The granulated plastic can then be reused in the plastics industry to make new items such as fence posts, garden furniture and even recycling bins.

Background to legislation:

For some years the practice of incinerating farm plastics in a drum incinerator has been allowed, under an exemption to the waste regulations. A change in EU law, reflected in a change to Scots Law in early 2013, meant this exemption is no longer applicable for the incineration of farm plastics in drum incinerators. Therefore, in legal terms a total ban on the incineration of farm plastics is now in place, although there are a legacy of exemptions registered with SEPA that may still be burning plastic. SEPA will be contacting those farmers who have exemptions registered for the burning of farm plastics to advise on the forth coming changes to the law. SEPA has consistently advised against this practice as it produces harmful toxic emissions, and has further advised farmers to look into off-farm recovery and disposal routes

Working jointly with the Scottish Government, SEPA now plans to move, via a transitional period, towards full enforcement of a ban on the burning of farm plastics. It is recognised that farmers who currently burn their plastics will need to make alternative arrangements for their farm plastics to be either collected for recycling or disposed to a licenced facility. In some of the more remote areas of Scotland finding alternatives make take some time and for this reason a 6 month transitional period will start on 1st June 2018. During this period, farmers who moving toward compliance will benefit from SEPA’s flexible approach to enforcement. Plastics can be stored on farm for up to 3 years before it is recycled. From 1 December it will no longer be acceptable to burn farm plastics, anyone found burning farm plastics after this date will be in breach of the law which could result in enforcement action being initiated.

The Service

We provide a fully auditable recycling service for farmers in an easy and accessible way.

As with any form of recycling our aim is to keep materials clean so that they can be reprocessed easily with minimal contamination. Customers will therefore be provided with separate bags for each type of material we collect so that each material stream can be kept and stored separately.

PRICES

We offer two types of charging mechanism for farmers to chose from; price per acre for arable only farms and price per bag for mixed farms.

Price per Bag

Silage wrap - £25.00
Chemical cans - £25.00
HDPE cans - £25.00
Fert / Seed bags - £12.00
Plant pots - £25.00
String - £25.00
Polytunnel  - FOC
Trickle tape - £80.00
Shotgun cartridges - £20.00

Price per Acre (for arable ONLY)

0 – 250 acres = cost per acre £0.65
251 – 500 acres = cost per acre £0.50
501 – 750 acres = cost per acre £0.50
751 – 1000 acres = cost per acre £0.45
1001 – 1500 acres = cost per acre £0.45
1501 – 2000 acres = cost per acre £0.40
2001+ acres = cost per acre £0.40

What we take

We aim to give customers a complete agricultural recycling service and accept most farm plastics and cardboards.

It is important that all material is segregated, clean and dry.

  • Spray cans
  • Caps and foils from spray cans
  • Cardboard Packaging
  • Fertiliser and seed bags
  • Silage wrap
  • Net wrap and string (collected separately)
  • Crop cover
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic trays and plant pots (collected separately)
  • Woven polyprop floor cover (clean)
  • White plastic floor cover
  • Shrink wrap
  • Spent shotgun cartridges
  • Tree guards and shelters
  • Pallets

Our Sites

Agricycle Caledonian has a number of sites across the east of Scotland. Customers can drop off material at any one of our sites or arrange a collection by one of our specialist vehicles by separate negotiation.

Find your nearest drop off point below

FAQ

We have undertaken a lot of research into the amount of waste generated by arable farmers, to reduce the need to compact waste to get more into a liner or bag to reduce cost. Spray/dairy hygiene cans are designed not to be crushed and any method to do so is very time consuming leading to additional costs. An added benefit is to know your cost of plastic waste management, at the start of your budget year, with no added extras and no headaches.

No, the bags are included in the cost of our service.

Crushing spray cans on farm, as requested by some waste companies to reduce volume, raises some issues regarding spillage and ground contamination. Almost all cans after rinsing have liquid left in the container. Some spray formulations leave a stain on the outside of the can and small amounts will leave the floor stained. Any such actions should be carried out in a bunded area, to minimise the risk of contamination. The same applies to on farm chipping but also the chipped plastic cannot be recycled as the risk of contamination prior to processing is too great. On farm operations we believe are both environmentally and operationally hazardous.

We know from being a farmer owned business that the waste will be contaminated! All we ask is that you get and keep the waste as dry as possible prior to collection.
Pesticide containers will have liquid inside (av. 13mls), drips of liquid on the outside and on the cardboard box.
Fertiliser bags will be soiled from time to time!
Silage wraps are not always free of contaminant.
String and net wrap will have straw and hay left after use.
Ask us for advice if you think your waste may be too contaminated, we are happy to help.

Our 1400 litre bag holds 125 to 150 wraps. Our 200 litre bag holds 14 to 20 wraps.

Utilise your waste by filling an empty one with other empty bags – each empty one will hold between 25 and 35. There is no need to separate the inner from the outer just leave the liner intact.

No, we provide a small bag to keep your caps and foils together. When this is full, tie off and place in the top of the spray can bag.

Approx 100 to 125 cans equivalent to 70 acres of spraying per year

This bag will hold up to 1500 acres worth of spray cans providing the bag is filled correctly and completely.

PTO guards, Tyres, Batteries, Waste Oil etc. – check with your Local Environment Agency for information on how to dispose of these responsibly.

If you have any questions or queries, please ring our Head Office on (01673) 878215 who will be happy to help.

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