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- NYS RAPP, Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI), Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University.
- NYS Open Burning Regulations
- NYS DEC Material Storage Registration Instructions
- NYS DEC Annual Report Form for Recyclables Handling & Recovery Facility
- BigFoot Plastics Balers – Information and training materials for BigFoot balers purchased by RAPP and operated by NYS RAPP
- Agricultural Plastic Film Recycling: Feasibility and Options in the Central Leatherstocking-Upper Catskill Region of New York State. 2005.
- Recycling Agricultural Plastics in New York State. March 2003.
NYS DEC Material Storage Registration Instructions. Lois Levitan. April 15, 2013. Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program, Cornell University. [1-page pdf (59.79Kb)]
Instructions and links to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forms for registering sites where recyclable material is stored.
Annual Report Form – Recyclables Handling & Recovery Facility. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials. Issued 2000. [4-page pdf 215Kb]
Facilities that store agricultural plastics for recycling must (1) register with the NYS DEC regional office in which they are located and (2) file their annual report so that NYS DEC can monitor storage of recyclable material. This form must be submitted each year to both the regional office and to DEC’s central office in Albany, NY (see p4 for addresses of both offices). Questions about plastics are in the middle of page 2.
Agricultural Plastic Film Recycling: Feasibility and Options in the Central Leatherstocking-Upper Catskill Region of New York State.
Levitan, Lois C.; Cox, David G.; Clarvoe, Martha B. January 2005. Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP), Cornell University. Technical Report. 85pp. [pdf 1.8Mb]
This report focuses on the plastic films used in dairy agriculture (#4 LDPE and LLDPE, low density polyethylene resins) with some attention to polypropylene baling twine; nursery/greenhouse films; and non-agricultural plastic films used in the study area. The geographical focus is the Central Leatherstocking-Upper Catskill region of New York State, particularly the southern portion within a 30-mile radius of Oneonta, NY (Otsego County). The rationale for these product-type and geographic foci is that the Central Leatherstocking-Upper Catskill region is a dairying area where agricultural plastics recycling has sparked the interest of local citizenry, the farm and recycling communities, government agency personnel, and policy-makers as a means to reduce environmental and health risks of open burning and possibly as a means for generating value-added economic activity. This report builds on prior research reported in Recycling Agricultural Plastics in New York State (Levitan and Barros 2003).
Recycling Agricultural Plastics in New York State. Lois Levitan and Ana Barros. March 2003 (2nd ed.) This report – compiled before there was any recycling of agricultural plastics in NYS or most anywhere else in the US – identifies (i) major uses of plastics on NYS farms, by agricultural sector and type of plastic resin; (ii) recycling technologies that were currently viable or that may be realistic in the near future; (iii) technical and infrastructural issues, as well as incentives and constraints to greater utilization of recycling technologies; and (iv) processes, agencies, and individuals involved in preparation and collection of materials. Useful as background, but much of the contact information is out-of-date. [link to full text pdf, 727 Kb]