Step-by-step recycling of plastic in the agricultural sector

1.  Sort the plastic

Agricultural plastic comes in different forms and each type must be sorted individually for it to be recycled. If you do this as soon as the sack or drum is emptied or when the bale is first opened you will save both time and work prior to handing in the plastic.

2. Handle the plastic correctly – Read more

If you handle the plastic in such a way that it is kept as dry and clean as possible then costs can be kept down. It should not contain any foreign objects, such as iron, soil, gravel or old silage, i.e. the plastic should be ‘shake clean’. Good aids, such as a sack-holder and a simple press, are available for volumes large and small. Plastic which is handled correctly stays clean and dry and can be recycled to a greater degree.

3. Clean drums as follows

Fill the packaging with approximately 1/5 water, put on the lid. Shake the packaging so that the rinsing water reaches the whole of the inside. The rinsing water from drums that have contained a water-soluble product should be taken care of in an environmentally correct way. Drums for pesticides are cleaned immediately after emptying and the rinsing fluid should be poured directly into the sprayer. Repeat the rinsing procedure at least three times with water. Allow the water to run off the packaging (upside down) until it is drip dry. If the supplier gives specific instructions, these must be followed.

Packagings should be cleaned so that:

the empty packagings are not classified as hazardous waste and can be handed in for energy recovery.
the risk of harming both people and the environment is reduced.
the contents can be used in their entirety.

Information about handling pesticide packagings can be found on the Svenskt Växtskydd website www.svensktvaxtskydd.se

4. Hand in plastic for recycling

It is important that each type of plastic is placed separately – it is enough for one person to be careless with the sorting for the recycling not to take place optimally. Collection takes place at prenotified locations. A list of the locations can be found here.

Information is also available at www.krsab.nu, telephone 0380-660729. You can also contact the supplier for help. There is no charge as collection is financed through the purchase price.

5. Unsorted or incorrectly sorted plastic and uncleaned drums or drums that are not drip dry cannot be accepted.

6. Read our ongoing information

In order to keep down costs current information will in future only be published at www.svepretur.se. You can also contact us by e-mail or by telephone. It is up to the person who wants to hand in agricultural plastic to obtain information personally about what applies on each occasion.

Manage the plastic right

Explanations to point two.

Plastic is sorted into six categories:

Big bags

Large bags for mineral fertiliser or seed, with or without an inner bag. Do not place any other plastic in the bag.

In order to hand in big bags, proof must be produced that the recycling charge has been paid.

Only large sacks of seed, fertilizer are included in SvepReturs collection systems and salt bags from Lantmännen. No other bags are received.

Silage film

Silage film from round or square bales.

Silage film may not be packed in a big bag.

Net and yarn may not be mixed with the plastic.

Foil

Trench silo foil, Silage bag
Silage hose
Cover foil
Horticultural foil
Mineral fertiliser bags, 25/50 kg

Only sacks and pallet hoods of mineral fertilizers and seed, 15-25 kg, included in SvepReturs collection and pallet hoods and salt bags 25 kg Lantmännen. No other sacs or pallet hoods will be received.

Other packaging type bags of wood shavings, peat, etc. are not included in the system and are therefore not accepted.

Net

Net from round bales
Synthetic yarnNot sisal yarn
Horticultural non-woven

Net and synthetic yarn should be packed in the outer section of the big bag.

Non-woven fabrics and agricultural sheets should be rolled up without a spool/bobbin or folded into a tightly compressed package.

Loose non-woven sheeting or horticultural foil with long ‘tails’ are not accepted.

In order to hand in non-woven fabric sheeting and horticultural foil written proof must be produced that the recycling charge has been paid.

Spools

Spools from silage film, foil and net.

Spools are packed into the outer section of the big bag.

Drums

Drums for pesticide and silage agent are used for energy recovery, i.e. combustion.

Drums that have contained a water-soluble product should be cleaned well, allowed to drip dry and have the lid removed.

The lid is handed in separately.

Other packaging types, like cans or bottles of detergent, oil, etc. are not included in the system and are therefore not accepted. In order to facilitate the management, and thereby keep costs down, 8-10 drums  should be tied together with a coarse string.