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Farmers React to Revolution Plastics Recycling Program

University of Minnesota Extension, Stearns County News
August 23, 2017        
Source:  Haely Leiding, Extension Intern
University of Minnesota Extension
Stearns, Benton, & Morrison Counties


Farmers React to Revolution Plastics Recycling Program
By Haely Leiding, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (08/16/17) — Over 50 farmers from around the state of Minnesota have participated in a survey conducted by the University of Minnesota Extension. The purpose of the survey was to gather information about Revolution Plastics dumpsters in order to share with others interested in signing up for the program and gain feedback from farmers.

Participants were asked a variety of questions about the program from sign-up to actual use of the dumpster on their own operations. The majority of responses came from dairy farms with a small percent of responses also coming from cow/calf operations.

When asked to rank satisfaction with the program on a scale of 1-5 (1-Worst, 5- Best) respondents ranked the program an average score of 4.65. Multiple people commented, “Great Program!” and “We love having it (dumpster)!”

Participants were asked to rank a variety of steps in the process. Sign up for the program, ease of pick up, and instructions given about the dumpster were all scored highly. Wait for the arrival/delivery of the dumpster scored slightly lower from participants.

Participants were also asked how often they use their dumpsters. Choices given were daily, 2x/week, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Of the options that were given 50% of participants are using the dumpster daily. The majority of remaining respondents used the dumpster 1-2 times per week.

Use of the dumpster was a main part of the survey with many questions focused on this aspect. Participants were asked how often the dumpster is emptied and there was a wide range of times given from every 2 weeks to 3 times a year. Some participants have also not had their dumpster emptied yet because of their new arrival to the program.

Additionally, the survey asked participants what they are including in their dumpster. 30% are adding plastic bale wrap to their dumpsters, 10% ag/grain bags, 24% bunker covers and 34% Ag Bag Plastic.

Finally, there was an opportunity for farmers to comment about their experiences with the program. Concerns included, “The only thing we do not like is we do not know when they are coming to empty it. If we know when they are coming we can have it full or not have anything parked in front of it.” And “We need a larger dumpster or more frequent pickups”. In conversation with farmers who were completing the survey there were also concerns about potential costs of the service in the future.

To learn more about the program or to sign up for 2018 distribution visit

PHOTO: Revolution Plastics Dumpster. Photo Credit: Revolution Plastics, LLC


Emily Wilmes
Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems - Livestock
(320) 255-6169
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