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Agricultural Plastics: Progress and Barriers in Closing the Loop

Presented by Roger Springman - Agricultural Plastics Consultant (Madison, WI)

April 25, 2014

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Plastic provides agriculture with many options to cost-effectively store commodities, ensile forage, contain fertilizers/pesticides, protect crops, etc. But, at the end of its life cycle, agricultural plastic is more likely to become a waste than a resource even though its common resins (i.e. HDPE, LDPE, PP, and PS) are recognized as being some of the most valuable for recycling and plastics-to-fuel technologies. What is happening? Why hasn't more progress been made? Are there any technologies or break-throughs on the horizon? To be sure, there is hope, but continuing patience will be needed. This seminar will examine the current state-of-the art and offer directions for the future.

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