Saturday 15 August 2020

Hay Cemetery

    It seems that this year the fashion of choice for hay bales is white plastic.  These plastic-clad bales now litter the countryside.  The other day when I noticed this field, it struck me how much the distant white bales looked like tombstones in a manicured cemetery.  
    While I realize this new method of baling hay probably protects the hay better through rain and winter, I find it sad and defeating.   What will happen to all these thousands and thousands of miles of white sheets of plastic, when the hay bales are unwrapped in six months?   The earth really doesn’t need more plastic to clog up dumpsites and poison animals as it breaks down.
    While a lot of little people do try to do what they can to not damage the earth further, it seems that industry goes out of its way to create new things to destroy it.  

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  1. Reuse, dog house cover, wood cover, car cover,boat cover,summer housing for homeless,igloo cover , anything you want to keep dry until it rots to pieces,tents for scouts,sleds for snow hills, a kindling dragger from the field edge, windbreak for plantings or greenhouse or your regular house or sheds. Frugal rather than vain.

  2. They are recyclable as well.
    new recycling program set up through local Farm Bureau offices is operating in Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.

    The program will enable farmers to recycle the white plastic covers that are used to protect and store large, round hay bales. Other plastic materials, such as feed bags and baler twine, also will be recycled in the program, according to Carroll County farmer Bill Finley.

    Finley said he learned of the program three years ago, and found a company in Indiana that is making sidewalks out of the recycled white plastic products. The company produces 24- by 30-inch interlocking squares that are used as sidewalks.