Incitec Pivot recovers 3000t of plastic bags since 2015

Grain Central, March 27, 2023

INCITEC Pivot has recovered 3000 tonnes of its own plastic bags since 2015 through the Australian Government’s accredited product stewardship scheme, Big Bag Recovery.

Initiated in Queensland with Incitec Pivot fertiliser bags as used by the sugar industry, Big Bag Recovery is now Australia wide for all industries’ plastic bags.

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers chief executive officer designate Christine Corbett said the initiative supported the commitment of IPF and its parent Incitec Pivot to achieve net zero operational emissions by 2050, or as soon as practicable.

“To partner with the Big Bag Recovery program and reach the milestone of recovering 3 million kilograms of plastic bags demonstrates our focus on reducing the emissions profile of our business and the wider agriculture industry,” Ms Corbett said.

“Our fertiliser bags are collected from farms or dropped off by farmers to local council depots or dealers, and instead of being burned or ending up in landfill they are recycled into new products.”

Big Bag Recovery collects plastic sacks and bulk bags used for products over 15kg or 15 litres, like fertiliser, seeds, animal feed, flour, salt, sugar, milk powders, sand, gravel, mulch, and cement.

IPL has recently extended the program to include ammonium nitrate bulk bags in its explosives business, Dyno Nobel.

“The recovery results are fantastic, and we want to encourage others to be as involved as IPF,” Big Bag Recovery managing director Stephen Richards said.

Australia accounts for around 60,000 tonnes of bag packaging per annum, and plastics used can be recycled up to 40 times.

“A fertiliser bulk bag can be turned into a school seat in about an hour which can similarly be reharvested and processed into something else.”

Dealers and customers who purchase products in big plastic sacks and bulk bags can call Big Bag Recovery on 1300 424 422 to find out the best way to deliver their waste bags to the program.

Source: Incitec Pivot Fertilisers


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