The University of Maine Waldo County Extension Association is organizing an agricultural plastic recycling forum for Saturday, Feb 10, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the United Farmer’s Market of Maine, 18 Spring St.

The ag plastic recycling workgroup is attempting to develop best practices for increasing the recycled plastic content from the waste stream of Maine’s farms and agricultural producers. The goals of the project include facilitating ag plastic collection and recycling, identifying, and if necessary, developing new end markets and uses for waste ag plastic.

The group will also be developing educational best practices so farmers can make informed decisions when purchasing and disposing of the agricultural plastic products they use.

Maine farmers use many different types of plastic, including mulches, silo covers, bale wrap, drip tape and other products that are vital to their operations, but also constitute a huge amount of waste that currently is not being recycled.

The forum will feature Nate Leonard from New York, who ran the Cornell University Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program for several years. Nate will be providing valuable experiences learned from the Cornell program. In addition, we will have a panel of commercial recycling experts to talk about the opportunities and the barriers to establishing options for recycling agricultural plastics.

For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Rick Kersbergen at the Waldo County Extension office at 342-5971 or