In 1997 the government introduced the Farm Plastic Regulations in an attempt to assist and promote the recycling of farm plastic waste.
The Waste Management (Farm Plastics) Regulations 2001 places an obligation on farmers to recover farm plastic waste generated. A levy is charged on all farm plastics sold and this is used to assist in the recovery of the plastics. Farming has become one of the largest regular users of plastic film in this country, particularly for silage cover sheets and bale wrapping. Irish legislation has placed an obligation on manufacturers and importers of farm plastics to arrange for suitable collection and disposal of used plastic film.
Producers and Suppliers of Farm Plastic
Under the Regulations, Producers (manufacturers and importers) and Suppliers (wholesalers, retailers, traders and contractors) of silage plastic must do the following in order to be compliant:
• Producers must register with an approved body (Irish Farm Film Producers Group) or register and submit returns to each local authority in whose area they provide plastic for sale and offer a deposit and refund scheme
• Suppliers must register with an approved body (Irish Farm Film Producers Group) and exclusively offer for sale plastic provided by a member of the Irish Farm Film Producers Group.
Government Approved Scheme
Irish Farm Films Producers Group (IFFPG) is a Government approved scheme under the Farm Plastics Regulations 2001. IFFPG represents farmers and industry working for a cleaner environment. IFFPG have approved collectors in every county willing to provide a cost effective reliable and efficient service.
Contact the IFFPG at Waverly Office Park, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12, by phone on 1890 300 444 or on www.farmplastics.ie for further information.
Under no circumstances should farm plastic be burned or buried. This practice may result in prosecution under the Air Pollution Act, 1987 or the Waste Management Act, 1996. Enforcement of the Farm Plastic Regulations is carried out by Kerry County Council Environmental services.