EL CAJON, Calif. – Toro is pleased to announce that, effectively immediately, its award-winning drip irrigation recycling service will now offer expanded service capabilities in California’s Central Coast Region. The service is a result of Toro’s ongoing commitment to help farmers maximize production with efficient, sustainable drip irrigation practices, including the recycling of spent drip irrigation tapes and driplines. The service is offered in partnership with Revolution Plastics, a national leader in agricultural plastic recycling with operations in Arkansas, Wisconsin and Texas, and now a new facility in California.
“Toro knows that drip irrigation is innovative technology that helps farmers produce more with fewer resources, but also recognizes that at the end of its lifecycle, drip irrigation becomes plastic that needs to be recycled,” says Phil Burkart, vice president of Irrigation and Lighting Businesses at The Toro Company. “For this reason, we have partnered with Revolution Plastics to offer superior, sustainable recycling services to drip irrigators nationwide.” Revolution Plastics recently expanded service in California to include improved facilities in Ballico, and a new location in Camarillo to better serve California’s coastal growers.
Jeff Dosio, from Modesto, California, and co-owner of Pacific Agri-Lands, grows 12,000 acres of wine grapes, and has used the service for over five years. “I’ve been pleased with the service – plus it’s free! Otherwise I’d have to pay to take my old vineyard hose or dripline to the dump.”
Dave Bricker of Victoria Island Farms of Holt, California, routinely recycles drip tape from their 6,000 acres of asparagus, tomatoes and other crops. “Toro referred me to Revolution Plastics when my other recycler was full. They showed up the next day, exactly when they said they would, and left the site neat and clean, which is very important to us. I’m definitely calling Revolution Plastics next time.”
In honor of the recycling service’s growing presence, Toro is giving away free product during its “Free Pallet of Drip Tape” promotion. To qualify for a free pallet of Toro drip tape, growers must recycle 25,000 pounds of drip tape or dripline (of any brand) with Toro’s Drip Irrigation Recycling Service, operated by Revolution Plastics, after June 1, 2107 and buy a truckload of 480 reels of Toro drip tape from an authorized Toro dealer. This introductory offer is available until October 31, 2017, has no limits to quantity per farmer, but may not be combined with any other offer.
“This offer is too good to refuse, considering many farmers pay to dispose of used drip tape and driplines. Revolution Plastic’s state-of-the-art grapple hook trucks make field prep easy for the farmer, and pickup turnaround time fast,” says Inge Bisconer, technical marketing and sales manager for Toro.
Toro’s Drip Irrigation Recycling Service recently gained nationwide recognition at the Irrigation Association’s (www.irrigation.org) annual convention in Las Vegas, where it won the 2016 New Product Contest – Specialty Agriculture. The service’s Ag Plastic Pickup mobile application impressed judges, as did its unique, sustainable business model.
“The app is ridesharing for ag plastic – it really is that easy,” says Louis Vasquez, director of corporate development, Revolution Plastics. Farmers use the mobile app to conveniently schedule their plastic pickup service in a few easy steps. Simply upload a photo of the plastic to be recycled, drop a pin on the location, and then press submit.
Revolution Plastics uses the recycled plastic materials to make Ecologo plastic can liners and other agriculture and construction sheeting rather than shipping recycled resins overseas. “This creates local jobs, reduces the need for virgin resins and has resulted in a sustainable business that has provided superior agricultural recycling services for over 20 years,” says Vasquez.