Recycling Horticultural Films: Handling and Marketing. Lois Levitan. January 2015. Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP) Cornell University. 3pp summary (pdf , 230 Kb) and presentation slides (12.5 Mb). Presented at the Small Fruits section of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention, Harrisburg PA.
Abstract. This presentation summarizes the challenges to recycling horticultural films, how they can be surmounted, and what exactly is meant by recycling.
Horticultural films include several quite different products: mulch and fumigation films, low and high tunnels, greenhouse and hoophouse covers, irrigation tubes, bags for inputs and storage, and more. Virtually all are recyclable, though each with challenges, which fall into one of three categories: (i) characteristics inherent to these plastics, (ii) characteristics of the products after use on farms and in nurseries, and (iii) cost and logistics of collection and transport from fields (or nurseries) to recycling markets.