UMaine Extension Greenhouse Plastic Recycling Program Opens April 19


DOVER-FOXCROFT — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension plans to open its greenhouse plastic recycling program on April 19 with drop-off sites available across the state through November 21.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension plans to open its greenhouse plastic recycling program on April 19 with drop-off sites available across the state through November 21. The Piscataquis County office at 165 East Main Street is among the filing locations.

The plastic eligible for recycling is clear low-density polyethylene #4 (LDPE #4) used to cover greenhouses, high tunnels, greenhouses and other agricultural structures. The program will also accept overwintering white plastic packaged separately from clear plastic. UMaine Extension’s GPR program video explains the entire process.

This will be the third year for the recycling program, launched in 2020 with a one-year grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for waste diversion. The program’s goal is to collect at least one-third of Maine’s annual greenhouse plastic waste, diverting that waste for use in new plastic products. To date, the program has collected nearly 2,600 pounds of this plastic waste.

There are no program fees; registration is mandatory. Register and find more information on the GPR program website at https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/2022/04/01/preparing-for-2022-gpr-season/. More information is also available by contacting Matt Wallhead at 207-581-2949 or [email protected]

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