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ISTC - Sustainable Seminar Series - Agricultural Plastics: Progress and Barriers in Closing the Loop

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Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
Apr 25, 2014   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Roger Springman - Agricultural Plastics Consultant (Madison, WI)
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Plastic provides agriculture with many options to cost-effectively store commodities, ensile forage, contain fertilizers/pesticides, protect crops, etc.   But, at the end of its life cycle, agricultural plastic is more likely to become a waste than a resource even though its common resins (i.e. HDPE, LDPE, PP, and PS) are recognized as being some of the most valuable for recycling and plastics-to-fuel technologies.   What is happening?  Why hasn’t more progress been made?   Are there any technologies or break-throughs on the horizon?   To be sure, there is hope, but continuing patience will be needed.   This seminar will examine the current state-of-the art and offer directions for the future. 

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at  The webinar will also be archived on our website for later viewing.

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