Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it necessary to sort the plastic?

Different types of recycled plastic have different uses according to their specific characteristics.  By gathering together large volumes of farm plastic FarmXS can achieve the maximum value for the plastic which allows the cost of the scheme to members to be kept to a minimum.

What do you do with the plastic which you collect?

The farm plastic is taken to each Collector’s centre where it is stored before being baled. It is then collected by Farm XS Ltd and sold on for recycling.

Where is it re-cycled?

There are a number of UK outlets to convert surplus plastic into car body parts, bin liners, road cones, garden furniture and coat hangers etc.  We are also assisting with research into a process by which lower value products (eg net wrap) can be converted to a form of oil.

Do you need fertiliser inners and outers separated?

No, we are now able to recycle unseparated fertiliser bags.  The two parts are made of different materials which are normally recycled into different end uses, but we now have outlets which can recycle these plastics together.

How clean does my plastic have to be?

In the ideal world your plastic would be clean and dry.  However, we recognise the conditions in which you operate make this impractical and ask that you use common sense to keep your plastic as clean as is practical.  For example, please put bale wraps straight into one of our bags as you open the bale, and do not leave them lying in the yard for some time.

Why do I need to use bags?

Simply to collect and keep your plastic and cardboard together, and so that we can transport it to be recycled.

Why do you supply bags?

Not everyone has suitable bags (see below) on their farm. Our bags are new, large, strong and ideal for the purpose.  We believe that at £6 each they also represent very good value.

Can I use bags which I already have on the farm?

Yes, in some cases. We need any bag which you use to be made of woven polypropylene, to have pallet loops, to be empty and to be clean.

The Environment Agency requires all bags to be ‘fit for the purpose’. We cannot accept fertiliser bags which have been opened by cutting a hole in them. (As this also often damages the structure of the bag we cannot accept bags which have been sewn back together.)

However, re-sealable seed bags are acceptable.

How many of my bags will you collect for £90?

We are happy to take up to 2 tonnes for £90. However, if your bag is larger than ours it will count as 2 bags as our vehicles are limited in size. We do not give a discount if your bags are smaller.

Do you supply a frame to hold the bag?

In our experience farmers are ingenious whilst frames are costly, especially if you need several.  Therefore, we don’t supply frames; we have seen various simple and cost effective methods of holding bags up and open from a pair of cup hooks to an upturned sheep hurdle.

How big are the bags?

The bags are 1 metre square and 1.5 metres high (approx 1500 litres).

How strong are the bags?

The bags are made of a strong woven polypropylene which we recycle. Under normal use they will not split, but will rot if left sitting in water.

How much plastic will I get into a bag?

As the scheme operates on a volume not a weight basis we expect that farmers will devise ingenious methods of getting more plastic in to the bags; ultimately it will always depend how tightly the plastic is compressed.  We have been able to put  40 x 1 tonne fertiliser bags or over 100+ silage bale wraps in a bag without difficulty.

Are the bags reusable?

No. The bag will have to be cut in order to get the plastic out for baling and also the Environment Agency will not allow their reuse due to contamination issues. The bags themselves will be recycled.

Do I have to pay for replacement bags?

Yes. We have to pay for all of the bags which we buy and therefore charge for every bag that we supply to you.

How will collection be organised?

Members will notify Farm XS Ltd when they have full bags and the Collector will then liaise with them to arrange a time for collection. Farm XS Ltd will retain collection records to ensure that all members are offered at least one collection every 12 months.

What paperwork will be provided by Farm XS?

Members will receive appropriate Waste Transfer Notes to ensure they comply with their Duty of Care under the Farm Waste Regulations.  We anticipate that members will also need to retain these documents to satisfy Environment Agency, Farm Assurance and other inspectors etc.

What should I do with udder wipes and AI gloves, etc?

These items, together with waste oil, tractor batteries, asbestos sheets and veterinary items etc are classified under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as Hazardous Waste. We are now able to handle Hazardous Waste.  Please ring FarmXS 08455 190180 or 01793 842062 for more details.

Will you take old tyres?

We work with a third party who can pick up your waste tyres.   Please ring FarmXS 08455 190180 or 01793 842062 for more details.

What should I do with 200 litre drums?

If they contained chemicals they need to be triple rinsed.  We are happy to take them without them being in a bag.  However, due to space constraints, they each count as one of the bags in a collection.

Any other questions?

Ring Catherine Elmes or Mark Webb on 08455 190180 or 01793 842062.