ALMA — A total of 600 grain storage bags weighing 250,000 pounds were collected during last week’s Lower Republican Natural Resources District’s recycling event.
“It went very well for us,” LRNRD General Manager Todd Siel told the Hub, even though organizers of the pilot project for Nebraska had anticipated deliveries of 800 bags based on surveys of farmers within the district.
“Weather played a factor in why we didn’t have more,” he said, explaining that some people who intended to bring bags to the five collection sites said they couldn’t get the bags out of the fields because of frozen, wet and/or muddy conditions.
In his report at the LRNRD board meeting Thursday, Siel listed the totals per site as: Hildreth, 105; Ragan, 60; Arapahoe, 125; Oxford, 250; and Cambridge, 60.
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He said all but 60 bags have been trucked to the Revolution Bag recycling plant at Stuttgart, Ark., where they will be turned into pellets and then made into trash bags composed of 97 percent recycled materials.
The link to the plant was made through a Kearney representative of Little Rock, Ark.-based Delta Plastics. Revolution Plastics, which collects agricultural plastics, and Revolution Bag are part of Delta Plastics.
“We anticipate continuing this,” Siel said, noting that the initial project was put together fairly quickly.
The LRNRD project also has received a lot of attention from NRDs and other entities that may consider organizing similar projects.
In his written report for the LRNRD board, Siel said, “Based on the feedback, this project has created a regional and statewide awareness that recycling is an option for grain bags. Additionally, the project removed more than 250,000 pounds of plastic from the LRNRD that may have otherwise been burned or buried.”