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Company starts offering farm plastic recycling in Minnesota

Posted January 8

— A company that gives farmers a chance to recycle heavy plastic wrap used for grain storage is starting to offer its services in Minnesota.

In December, Winona County farmers picked up more than 130 bins to put on their farms to collect the plastic wrap, which Revolution Plastics will pick up. Revolution Plastics takes the full bins to a hub in Wisconsin where the plastic is baled and sent to Arkansas, where the company uses it to make trash bags.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota hopes Revolution Plastics will expand in the state, Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/2iEfXuw) reported. Executive director Brita Sailer of the recycling association said the company plans to open a collection hub in Sauk Centre in February.

"We've been working with them for about three years, trying to get them to come to Minnesota, and they did decide to do that," Sailer said. "The company does this all themselves. It's just a fantastic program."

There is no cost to farmers who participate. Although the program is not available to everyone yet, the recycling association is asking farmers statewide to sign up on its website and express interest.

"When we have enough to come to critical mass, then we will bring dumpsters in, we'll get farmers to come in, pick them up, and then the company has their own hauler system to come pick it up on the farm," Sailer said.

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Online:

Recycling Association of Minnesota: https://recycleminnesota.org/

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