Green Tractor Scheme
Over the last 15 years there has been significant growth in the number of independent businesses, including Farm XS, who collect plastic from farms. In 2019 the majority of those businesses, including all of the bigger businesses, came together to form The Green Tractor Scheme. Mark Webb, co-owner of Farm XS, is a Director and Chairman of the collectors’ company, UKFPRS Ltd, which owns The Green Tractor Scheme.
The first plastic survey, covering about 80% of the members, shows that 19,974 tonnes of plastic was collected in 2018 and 24,149 tonnes was collected in 2019. Most of the plastic was sent for recycling with only 4% going to landfill. The Green Tractor Scheme covers the significant majority of the UK’s collectors and includes all of the biggest independent collectors.
The Green Tractor Scheme exists to speak on behalf of the independent plastic collection industry and to
Provide audited totals of the quantity of farm plastic collected and recycled
Further increase the volume and quality of plastic recycled
Educate farmers to reduce contamination within their waste plastic
Provide the supply chain with corporate responsibility re plastics they put into the market
Assist with exploiting new technology for the reprocessing of farm plastic
Lobby government and other bodies as required for support to increase plastic recycling facilities within the UK
The Scheme, which is open to all UK farm plastic collectors, operates on a not for profit basis and is funded by the collectors. There is no additional cost to farmers and no levy on new plastic products.
Green Tractor collector members can be identified by their use of the Green Tractor logo.