GreenlifeGRO is committed to minimising impact on the environment and promoting sustainable practices, by:
- Providing a safe and healthful working environment.
- Avoiding waste and recycling where practical, both onsite and for our customers.
- Minimising the use of paper.
- Minimising energy usage and sourcing from renewables.
- Being an environmentally responsible neighbour in our community.
- Avoiding unnecessary travel – digital communication is the first preference.
- Sourcing from suppliers with sound ethical & environmental practices.
- Promoting environmental protection and understanding.
- Leading the drive for “End of Life” solutions for Protected Cropping products through Horticycle
Crop Protection Plastics are utilized to maximise farm productivity by managing growing & harvesting climates, reducing pest & weed impacts and damage from adverse weather.
What’s the Problem?
Over 90,000 tonnes of horticultural plastics are purchased by Australian growers annually. Most growers do not have a sustainable option for disposal of these plastics at end of life. Landfill is often the best option. Worse options are burning, burying or accumulating plastics on farm – which after storm or flood events can end up in our waterways. Horticycle™ has been established to research & implement more sustainable end of life options for Crop Protection Plastics.
Why are we helping?
Horticycle™ was created by the Tapex Group. Tapex have been supplying protective cropping solutions to Australian & New Zealand farmers for sixty years. Tapex have a long history of taking responsibility for the products they supply at end of life. In 2006 they established the Plasback farm plastics product stewardship scheme in New Zealand. Today, Plasback is still going strong, recycling over 5,000 tonnes off NZ farms annually. www.plasback.co.nz
Tapex Group now owns GreenlifeGRO – leading suppliers of protective cropping plastics to the horticultural sector.
GLG constructs commercial greenhouse and shade structures, helping growers reduce crop loss due to pest and climate challenges, as well as custom protective product solutions to the horticulture industry.
Plastic components are integral to the success of intensive horticulture, but these plastics have a finite productive life. Horticycle has been created to find solutions to recycle these plastics at end of life – and at the same time facilitate solutions for all suppliers to the sector.
Who is helping?
In addition to Tapex Group and GreenlifeGRO, Horticycle is working with other leaders in the horticulture and recycling sectors.
Coffs Harbour Pilot Project 2021-22
Horticycle conducted a farm gate pick up trial for the berry growers in the Coffs Harbour LGA. Local waste and recycling contractor Coffs Harbour Paper & Oil provided on farm bins to collect plastic film. The plastic was then baled at their facility and shipped to plastics reprocessors in Brisbane or Melbourne.
At the reprocessors, the plastic film is shredded, washed and extruded to form new plastic beads. These are sold to Australian manufacturers to be made back into film products, such as builders film or damp course.
Renew & Recycle Service
The innovative Renew & Recycle service, facilitated through Horticycle, allows growers to replace film on growing tunnels that has reached the end of its productive life, while knowing the old film will be removed and responcibly recycled through the Horticycle recycling program.
Growers are connected with a Horticycle approved installer, who will quote on the removal of the existing tunnel film for recycling and the replacement with new film.
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