Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Recycling Program for Agricultural Plastic!

The Rural Solid Waste Commission is excited to launch a pilot to collect and recycle agricultural film plastic. The project is the first of its kind in any of the Twin Cities metro counties, and is intended to provide an environmentally-responsible option for disposal for agricultural plastics, including silage bags, bunker covers, and bale wraps. Dakota County farmers can drop off agricultural plastic in the labeled containers for FREE recycling at either of the following locations (call ahead):

1.     River Country Coop: Hwy 56 and 250th Street East, Hampton, MN (507-645-8946)

2.     Interstate Mills: 4544 284th Street East, Randolph, MN (507-263-2050)

3.     Donnelly Farms:  20080 Flagstaff Avenue, Farmington, MN (651-307-9623)

What type of plastic is accepted?

·       Silage bags

·       Bunker covers

·       Bale wraps

What's not accepted?

·       Net wraps

·       Nylon twine

·       Tires, electronics, garbage, manure, plastic containers, and other farm waste

Collection of agricultural plastic will continue until grant funding runs out (likely early winter) so take advantage of this FREE recycling opportunity while you can!  The collection provides an alternative disposal option for farmers who want to dispose of their plastic in a safe and environmentally-responsible way. 

For more information, including possible additional collection locations, visit or call Renee Burman, Rural Solid Waste Commission, at 952-891-7042. 

The container pictured above is located at Interstate Mills in Randolph for Dakota County farmers to drop off their agricultural film plastic for FREE recycling. A similar container is located at the Donnelly Farm at 20080 Flagstaff Avenue in Farmington.

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