This collection contains outreach resources and other materials developed and/or compiled by the Recycling Ag Plastics Project (RAPP), a Cornell-based collaborative promoting life-cycle stewardship of agricultural plastics.

For more information see Dr. Lois Levitan's Faculty Page.

Recent Submissions

  • Recycling Horticultural Films: Handling and Marketing 

    Levitan, Lois (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program, Cornell University, 2015-01-29)
    Recycling horticultural films is challenging. But the challenges are surmountable. This presentation is a quick summary of the challenges, how they can be surmounted, and what exactly is meant by recycling.
  • Recycling Agricultural Plastics: Logistic & Marketing Challenges, and Successes 

    Levitan, Lois (2014-12-04)
    This presentation is a forward-looking as well as retrospective update on the status of recycling markets for agricultural plastics. From experience we have learned much about characteristics of likely markets for these ...
  • Life Cycle of Horticultural Film 

    Levitan, Lois (2014-12-18)
    This graphic illustrates the life cycle of horticultural film, with a focus on recycling. Horticultural films include several quite different products: mulch and fumigation films, low and high tunnels, greenhouse and ...
  • Agricultural Plastics: What are they? Why are they 'hard stuff'? Can the challenges be surmounted? 

    Levitan, Lois C. (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University. Presented at the Plastics Recycling Conference 2014, Session 1A The Hard Stuff-Recycling Film, Foam and Other Difficult Plastics, Orlando, FL., 2014-03-11)
    Presentation slides illustrate the array of agricultural plastic products, the plastic resins they are made from, and qualities and practices that increase suitability for recycling. The reasons that agricultural plastics ...
  • Used Agricultural Plastics Sorted by Resin & Typical Level of Contamination 

    Levitan, Lois C. (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2014-03)
    Agricultural plastics products (e.g., bale wrap, twine, irrigation pipe, drip tape, nursery pots, maple tubing, pesticide containers, feed bags, etc.) are arrayed on the X-axis according to the primary plastic resin used ...
  • Update for NYS Farmers: What Farmers Need to Know & Do to Recycle Agricultural Plastics. 

    Levitan, Lois C. (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2013-08-04)
    One-page handout with information for farmers about how to recycling their used agricultural plastics. Also with information about NYS DEC regulations prohibiting open burning of plastics and other trash, on farms and elsewhere.
  • Agricultural Plastics Q&A 

    Levitan, Lois C. (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2013-05-08)
    A series of nine one-page educational snippets about plastics in general and agricultural plastics in particular.
  • BigFoot BF300: Basic Training Curriculum 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2012-03-12)
    Summary of points to cover in the basic training required for anyone who will be assisting in loading, transporting or operating a BigFoot BF300 baler under the auspices of the NYS Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project. ...
  • Big Foot Baler BF300—Daily maintenance & pre-operation checklist 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2012-02-28)
    One of a series of three checklists for operators of a BigFoot BF300 mobile plastics baler designed to compact agricultural films. Checklists of tools and supplies, steps to take in preparation for taking the baler on the ...
  • Empacadora Big Foot BF300—Lista de previos al manejo y mantenimiento diario 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2012-02-28)
    One of a series of three checklists for operators of a BigFoot BF300 mobile plastics baler designed to compact agricultural films. Checklists of tools and supplies, steps to take in preparation for taking the baler on the ...
  • Big Foot Baler BF300—Summary of operating steps 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2011-03-12)
    One of a series of three checklists for operators of a BigFoot BF300 mobile plastics baler designed to compact agricultural films. Checklists of tools and supplies, steps to take in preparation for taking the baler on the ...
  • Empacadora Big Foot BF300—Resumen de pasos para el manejo 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2012-03-14)
    One of a series of three checklists for operators of a BigFoot BF300 mobile plastics baler designed to compact agricultural films. Checklists of tools and supplies, steps to take in preparation for taking the baler on the ...
  • Empacadora Big Foot BF300—Lista de suministros y herramientas 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2012-03-29)
    One of a series of three checklists for operators of a BigFoot BF300 mobile plastics baler designed to compact agricultural films. Checklists of tools and supplies, steps to take in preparation for taking the baler on the ...
  • Big Foot Baler BF300—Tools & supplies checklist 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2012-03-29)
    One of a series of three checklists for operators of a BigFoot BF300 mobile plastics baler designed to compact agricultural films. Checklists of tools and supplies, steps to take in preparation for taking the baler on the ...
  • Completing the Circle: Promoting purchase of products made from recycled agricultural plastics 

    Levitan, Lois C. (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2011-02)
    Presentation made to a working session at the 2011 TPSA conference to advance an initiative to identify, brand and promote products made with content from recycled agricultural plastics.
  • Guide to Using the BigFootBF300 Baler for Agricultural Plastics: Maintenance & Troubleshooting 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Leonard, Nathan (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University, 2014-02)
    The maintenance chapter of the "Guide to Using the BigFoot BF300 Baler" includes full descriptions and a maintenance schedule for the baler compaction chamber, Honda engine, baler and trailer hydraulic systems, paint, ...
  • New York State's Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP): Hurdles and High Points 

    Levitan, Lois (Plastics Recycling Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 21-22, 2012: Obstacles And Opportunities With Agricultural Plastic Recycling, 2012-03-12)
    The Northeast United States supports a vibrant and diversified agriculture that generates lots of different types of plastic waste. This presentation focuses on logistical decision points in developing a sustainable ...
  • RAPP Update for NYS Farmers (& other users of agricultural/horticultural plastic) 

    Levitan, Lois C. (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP), Cornell University, 2013-04-15)
    Information for farmers and other users of agricultural plastics about how to recycle their agricultural plastics. Includes background on the Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP) and on NYS's regulation prohibiting ...
  • Registering Sites Where Plastic Will Be Stored: NYS DEC Forms & Instructions 

    Levitan, Lois C. (2013-04-15)
    Instructions and links to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forms for registering sites where recyclable material is stored.
  • RAPP Update for CCE Educators 

    Levitan, Lois C.; Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP) (Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project (RAPP), Cornell University, 2013-04-15)
    Information for Extension and other outreach educators about the messages they can convey to farmers to encourage the recycling of used agricultural plastics. Includes background on the Recycling Agricultural Plastics ...

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