The build-up of waste products and unwanted plastic-based materials on farms can cause headaches for vegetable growers.

This is particularly true for materials such as plastic mulch sheeting and plastic irrigation pipe, which present some challenges for disposal and recycling when they are no longer required.

Given that burning or burying plastics is illegal and difficult to monitor in regional areas, alternative solutions must be developed for growers.

To tackle the issue, a Hort Innovation-funded researched project led by RM Consulting Group in 2015, focused on innovative and effective ways to address waste management on vegetable farms.

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