Greenhouse Plastic Recycling Fact Sheet

state of Maine outline icon for fact sheetEligibility:

All Maine greenhouses, high tunnels, and plastic covered ag structures.

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Participants must pre-register online. Registration will open soon. Walk-in registration may be available at some drop-off sites.

icon for no fee for recycling fact sheetNo Fee:

Funding is provided by a State of Maine DEP Waste Diversion grant. Affiliated partners generously donating additional time and resources include MOFGA, USDA NRCS – Maine, and the Maine Resource Recovery Association.

material collected icon for recycling fact sheetMaterial collected:

Low-density polyethylene #4 (LDPE #4) clear plastic used to cover greenhouses, high tunnels, hoop houses, and other agricultural structures. The film is normally 5-6 mil thick. It must be relatively clean and dry. The program will also accept white overwintering plastic bundled separately from clear plastic.

materials not collected icon graphic for recycling fact sheetMaterial not collected:

Plastic saturated with water, ice or snow at the time of drop-off. Dirty plastic that has been repurposed, i.e., used for ground tarping or solarization. Certain specialty covers, i.e., reinforced woven film, colored films, solar bubble wrap, polycarbonate panels, etc. Non-structural mulch films, silage wrap, and boat wrap.

program dates icon for recycling fact sheetProgram dates:

The collection will start at most locations in early April/May June. Outdoor drop-off sites will close in the fall before the snow/ice season. Indoor sites will remain open through early December.

drop off sites icon for recycling fact sheet web pageDrop-off sites:

A network of convenient sites is being developed throughout Maine. Many outdoor drop-off sites will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please see our interactive online map for locations and site-specific information.

Larger operations may qualify for on-site collection.


How to Recycle


Click on image or caption to view and download PDFs:

Greenhouse Plastic Recycling Fact Sheet
Greenhouse Plastic Recycling Fact Sheet (PDF)
Ag Trade Show PowerPoint Summary (PDF)

 

To request a PDF of the PowerPoint slides, please email David McDaniel at agplasticrecycling@maine.edu.


Contact

For more information, contact program manager David McDaniel at agplasticrecycling@maine.edu or 207.342.5971 (UMaine Extension Waldo County office).


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