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Vermont program recycles farm plastics for free

 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A new pilot program in Vermont will allow farmers to recycle the plastics they accumulate for free.

Vermont dairy farms generate about 500 tons of plastic annually from the wrap around their hay bales, feed bunk covers and other uses, but much of it ends up at the landfill, at a cost to farmers. The program will let farmers recycle that plastic, along with greenhouse film, nursery pots and trays, and tubing used by maple syrup producers.

The clean, dry material can be recycled through April in Middlebury, Montpelier, Highgate, Bennington and Hyde Park.

The program was started by Casella Resource Solutions, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Agrimark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

The recycled plastic will be turned into plastic paving stones for sidewalks, plastic plywood, pellets and trash bags.
   AP-WF-03-22-14 1706GMT

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