A NEW clear big bale silage wrap which is being launched at the forthcoming Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany, has received the backing of Scottish recycling specialist, Roy Hiddleston, of Solway Recycling.

Coveris, a leading European manufacturer of flexible packaging, will showcase its revolutionary film solution for agricultural industry – Coveris Unterland Crystal film – its transparent bale wrap.

Dumfries-shire-based Roy Hiddleston, CEO of Solway Recycling, commented: “At a time where there is a huge push on the industry to reduce our plastic waste and increase our recycling potential, clear wrap is a game changer, as it opens so many more recycling opportunities, which should help reduce the cost of recycling to farmers."

He's one of a range of specialist recyclers across Europe who have welcomed the new clear wrap, which offers a much more useable wrap for recycling.

"After receiving positive feedback from many European recycling institutions, including Solway Recycling, in Scotland and Emerald Isle Recycle, in Northern Ireland, we believe it’s the right solution for the future," commented Martin Wildinger, sales and market director at Coveris. "We are open to discussion with other institutions to promote the use of Unterland Crystal film across Europe for the benefit of the agricultural industry and the environment."

The product can be used on all wrapper types without any adjustment and protects the bales in the same way as coloured film during a guaranteed one-year outdoor storage period.

As well as simplifying wrap recycling, an additional benefit is less bird damage as proven by research done in Germany.

Unterland Crystal will be available in two versions – High transparency, with slightly lower puncture resistance, and medium transparency, with greater resistance.