Farmers are being asked for their opinions on getting rid of plastic waste on their farms.

The Environment Agency (EA) and Defra want to learn about the barriers to correctly disposing of plastic.

They want to develop intervention ideas, such as a good waste management guide, to increase recycling rates and then check the effectiveness of these ideas.

The team are working in collaboration with stakeholders in the sector including waste collectors, manufacturers, reprocessors, farm assurance schemes, NFU, CLA and, of course, farmers.

Kantar, an independent social research agency, would like to interview farmers on a one-on-one basis to understand their current practices, perceptions and behaviours relating to agri-plastic waste collection and disposal, to identify the full range of barriers and motivators to them correctly disposing of waste.

This will inform the development of potential interventions.

These interviews will use a mix of online, telephone and farm visits in October and November. Dates and times to best suit the farmer.

If you or any farming colleagues/friends would like to be involved, contact Fiona Tovey at

Fiona will then share this with Kantar so they can arrange the interview.

The EA and Defra stress that this is a collaborative project - they will not use any information to take regulatory or enforcement action.