The EU Waste Directive forbids burning plastic waste on farms. Fertiliser bags, silage wrap and seed bags are made from plastics that can be recycled. With financial support from Leicestershire County Council, Allerton bought a machine which crushes plastic waste into 200-400 kg bales that are recycled for the construction industry. Now 100 farms pay GB£200 membership of the Farm Plastics Recovery Club, with a local plastic collection point for members once a month. There is also purchased a plastic chipping machine which converts plastic pesticide containers into tiny chips for easy recycling.
Another way to manage the complexity of balancing farm production, regulations and other environmental intentions is a system that registers all these issues for each field. CabCards provide advice for farmers, agents and contractors, to help avoid mistakes that can create hazards, damage habitats or reduce agri-environment payments. A map can be registered on-line for each of up to 50 fields, for which details can be added with a simple tick-box system.