MS raises farming plastic waste issue in the Senedd

Tuesday 5th July 2022 11:00 am
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James Evans asked what the Government is doing to set up co-operatives and work with farmers so they can help with the disposal and recycling of plastic. (Pixabay and Senedd )

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James Evans is pressing the Welsh Government to help farmers dispose of plastic waste.

The Brecon and Radnorshire MS said the Government’s own figures suggest that around 30 per cent of waste produced on farms is of low-grade plastic, which can be extremely difficult for farmers to dispose of.

He asked Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, what the Government is doing to set up co-operatives and work with farmers so they can help with the disposal and recycling of plastic.

Mr Evans asked: “What research and development has been done by the Government and its partners to help farming reduce its use of plastics for things like silage wrap which are extremely difficult to recycle?”

Ms Griffiths said she was not aware of any research and development, but she has had discussions with farmers.

She told Mr Evans: “I remember one farmer in particular who was keen to see what he could do to find a way of dealing particularly with silage wrap.

“We know that, predominantly in Wales, we are a grass-based livestock sector and very reliant on silage in our winter months.

“I’d be very happy if anybody wants to come forward with any solutions to this problem. I’d be very happy to work with them.”

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