UK proposals for dealing with the collection and disposal of non-packaging farm plastics include: (1) the first option proposes that efforts should be made to find solutions through a combination of the extension to the waste management controls, which will bring agricultural waste into the controlled waste regime, and a concerted approach by all the parties involved to promote voluntary industry schemes to deal with farm plastics; and (2) the second option would be to make producer responsibility regulations to ensure that farm plastics are recovered and recycled. This would require "producers" to recover an amount of non-packaging farm plastics waste annually according to certain targets. The first option would be less burdensome on the farmers, and only if this approach proves insufficient to deal with the problems should producer responsibility regulations be considered. For several years the UK Farm Films Producers Group (FFPG), operated by the plastics industry, systematised the collection of these waste plastics from farms and sent them for recycling. The scheme, which operated on the basis of a voluntary levy on plastics manufacturers, collapsed in early 1997 because of problems with free-riders: two importers refused to pay the levy and undercut the prices of their competitors.
According to a 1994 survey by the German environmental organization Bund, most computer manufacturers now use recycled plastics, have banned CFCs and solvent-based paints, use snap-together construction (for easier dismantling), mark new plastic parts for recycling and reuse old components for repairs. Four have free take-back schemes in Germany.
Americans utilize more than 22 billion pounds of plastics each year for packaging, but only about 2 billion pounds are recovered.