An additional 3,719t of farm plastics – equating to an increase of 14% – has been recycled this year, compared to 2019, according to the Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG).

Taking to social media earlier today (Friday, October 23), the group said:

“After a prolonged season with a few ‘speed bumps’, we got there. All of [our] bring centres or collection points are over.

“Big thanks must go to all the farmers who used our service this year as well as the site owners who allowed us to use their yards and facilitate a nationwide collection.

Results are in, so how did we do…in our extended season, we collected over 29,500t of silage plastic.

This, the IFFPG said, is a massive jump from 2019 of 14% or 3,719t in extra plastic.

The group added: “For those who couldn’t make our open days, farm yard collections have just commenced again after our bring centres.”

Last month, the organisation had some interesting statistics regarding its bring centres this year.

It noted that Kilmallock Mart brought in the highest volume with 475t of plastic, as of September 7.

Meanwhile, at the time it was also highlighted that Ballinrobe Mart had the highest number of farmers over a two-day period with 719 farmers recorded.

Finally, it was noted that Balla Mart brought in 511 farmers over one day.