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.
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 Project (RAPP), Cornell University