Recycling Ag Plastics Takes Some Effort

Philip Gruber, Staff Writer, April 29, 2016: Reports on the National Recycling Coalition (NRC)/Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (PARMC) April 25 webinar presented by Lois Levitan, RAPP, and Scott Coleman, VP of Strategic Development at Delta Plastics. The webinar video (audio + slides) will be posted to the PARMC YouTube Channel.  Slides can be accessed from the Cornell University eCommons archive.




The Recycle Agricultural Plastics website is intended to become a hub of information about how to go about recycling these plastics, but for now it is primarily a repository of resources developed by Lois Levitan, PhD, founder of Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP).  These materials have been developed and revised over the past 10 or so years, as the field has progressed and more has been learned about recycling agricultural plastics.  (Thus some information in older documents may not be completely current.)

Over this time, RAPP funding has been raised through competitive grants awarded by US EPA Region 2, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) as administrator of funds allocated from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS Economic Development Agency, New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI), USDA Smith-Lever funds through a competitive grant program of Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration, USDA Rural Development Funds awarded to NEWMOA (the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association), and–currently–a USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Specialty Crops Research Initiative (USDA NIFA SCRI) grant entitled Optimizing Protected Culture Environments for Berry Crops (Tunnel Berries for short). The Department of Communication in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has provided unwavering administrative and moral support throughout.

All materials published by Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) are in the public domain and may be freely used for educational purposes (by educators and others) as long as information is not taken out of context and authorship is properly attributed.