Waterproof, robust and easy to handle, plastic, in its many guises, is a tremendously useful material.

Its use is widespread in the farming sector – especially when it comes to covering silage pits and making silage wraps.

Disposing of this silage plastic represents a challenge to farmers – one that’s been solved by a plastic collection service which take place at various locations throughout the country.

Operated locally by waste management company, W.R.S. (Waste Recovery Services), all used silage plastic is accepted with a very modest fee charged to farmers in return.

Farmers queuing for the weigh bridge at last Monday’s silage plastic collection in the Glanbia depot, Castlelyons. (John Ahern)

One of the region’s first collections took place last Monday at the Glanbia depot in Castlelyons.

Only those who arrived very early avoided the queues, which clearly illustrated the demand for this service. W.R.S. staff worked diligently to process, sort, store and transport the plastic.

To a man and woman, farmers spoke in glowing terms about the service which essentially rids their farmyards and fields of unsightly plastic.

The bulk of the plastic processed by W.R.S. is exported and recycled.