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Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP)
In New York State, RAPP works in collaboration with local partners to collect used plastic from farmers who follow RAPP guidelines to prepare their plastics for recycling.


NY RAPP, funded by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is charged in developing sustainable means for New York State farmers to manage their used agricultural plastics by recycling, reusing, and otherwise minizing waste from plastics in agriculture. RAPP's long-term goals are for:

  • Development of collection and recycling (or processing other than disposal) program to become the standard practice for managing waste agricultural plastics; and
  • Agricultural plastic recycling systems to become sustainable by means of a combination of factors
    • Local initiative of the agricultual and recycling communities;
    • Integrating with existing materials management infrastructure;
    • Increase market demand for recovered agricultural plastic; and
    • Extended producer responsibility demonstrated by the manufacturers and distributors of agricultural plastics products.

RAPP has created a new Program Work Team
The purpose of the PWT is to connect Cornell faculty, staff and extension educators with stakeholders in identifying issues, studying needs, creating educational materials, and designing learning experiences that address recyling agricultural plastics.

  • PWT meeting held April 27, 2015. Meeting notes.
  • PWT meeting held August 18, 2015. Meeting notes.

RAPP NYS Map shows baling activity and locations including super sack locations and where RAPP education is occurring. (click on the map)


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