There are clear environmental benefits from using plastics in agriculture, for example to extend local growing seasons and protect hay/silage etc. from becoming unusable. However most of these plastics are single use and can persist in the environment long after their intended use. Agricultural plastic waste accounts for approximately 1.5% of overall volume of plastic waste in the UK with a recycling rate about 25%. Globally, 12.5 million tonnes of plastic is used in plant and animal production. The harmful impact of fugitive plastics entering the environment from agricultural sources is becoming clear throughout multiple ecosystems.