As farms get bigger, particularly dairy farms, the more plastic they use. And disposing of that plastic creates a crisis of both conscious and economics. In other words, it’s expensive and, in most cases currently, bad for the environment. But a company in Arkansas has found a profitable way to solve the problem. Collect the waste as a raw material and turn it into second-use plastic bags.
The program is taking off in Minnesota where the density and amount of plastic used in the farms make it economically feasible. It may not pencil out here in Western North Dakota, yet, but the trend can be taken as a sign pointing towards the changing nature of recycling and the possibilities that exist for both collection, processing, and reuse.