Agricultural plastic recycling to be discussed April 14

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FARMINGTON – Farmers, greenhouse operators, municipal officials and others interested in the best way to handle, bale and store agricultural plastics should attend an Agricultural Plastic Recycling workshop being hosted by Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District on Tuesday, April 14.

The Recycling Ag Plastics Workshop will be held from 9:30 to 2:30 pm at the Granary, 147 Pleasant St., Farmington. Lunch will be provided.

Ag Plastic Recycling is an issue that needs to be addressed, says BJ Bangs, FCSWCD Ag Plastic Project Manager. Franklin County SWCD is investigating a coordinated program for baling and recycling agricultural plastics in Western Maine, she said.

“We have a diverse group that’s generating the plastic,” Bangs said, citing farmers and nurseries as some examples. “What we want to do is bring them together so they can get a clearer idea of best management practices.”

Lois Levitan, coordinator of the Cornell University Recycling Ag Plastics Project, and Adam Wienert, a representative of the Northeast Waste management Officials’ Association, will make presentations at the workshop.

To register for the workshop, contact BJ Bangs, FCSWCD at bj.bangs@franklincswcd.org or 778-4279.

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