Milk bottles and other soft plastics should be converted to fence posts on New Zealand farms under a new recycling scheme.
Future Post, a New Zealand startup, worked with several soft plastic suppliers including Fonterra and the Packaging Forum to create a fence with waste plastics.
Larisa Thathiah, New Zealand's Sustainability and Environment Manager for Fonterra, said the use of milk bottles is a revolutionary new way for farmers to improve their farm's sustainability.
"This partnership gives farmers an environmentally friendly fencing option made from our farmer's milk packaging, which is very special," Thathiah said.
"It is not possible to recycle anymore, and it is better to reduce waste or use something useful, so the fence posts are made of 100% recycled materials and have a lifespan of over 50 years."
Milk bottles are collected at the site of Fonterra Takanini and transported to the Future Post Waiuku factory where they are mixed with soft plastics and converted into fence posts.
The fence will be available at selected Fonterra Farm Source stores throughout the North Island in the new year and will be available at stores in the South Island in mid-2019.
Miles Hurrell, Chief Executive Officer of Ponterra, and Jerome Wenzlick, Managing Director of the Future, published an article about Fonterra's Open Gates event over the weekend.