Repurpose Farm Plastic LLC is designing a small-scale cleaning technology specifically for plastics used in agriculture. Plastic films and tubing are essential for farming, but at the end of the season, most of these materials end up in landfills, burnt in the field or buried in the soil. Repurpose Farm Plastic LLC is creating a process to collect and clean agricultural plastic waste at UMD farms and beyond - and has already been able to save 2 tons of plastic from landfills. Repurpose Farm Plastic took first prize in the UMD 2020 AgEnterprise Challenge and has been accepted into the National Science Foundation I-Corp Program, the Mokhtarzada Hatchery (tech accelerator program), and received an $18,000 Sustainability Grant to continue to develop their machine that aims to help recycle some of the 1,800 tons of plastic waste produced by Maryland farmers each year.
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