Disposing of spent cartridge cases within the strict environmental laws that govern disposal of plastic is the bane of many shoots. That’s why the British Game Alliance, in conjunction with Lincolnshire-based plastic waste recycling specialists Agri.cycle, have formed an allegiance offering all shoots this season an easy way to have their spent cartridge cases collected and the subsequent plastic and metal components recycled.
Officially launched at The Game Fair, the new scheme provides the shoot with a BGA branded collection bag that fits around 21,000 cartridges, its collection by lorry from the shoot and the industrial recycling. Costing just £125, Agri.cycle will donate a percentage to the BGA. Shoots not adhering to strict laws governing the disposal of spent cartridges could face a fine of up to £50,000 and/or a prison term.
A royal warrant holder, Agri.cycle began farm plastic waste recycling in 2004. Manging director Robert Moore said he is delighted to announce this joint initiative with the BGA which is supported by all the leading cartridge brands, such as Eley, Gamebore and Hull.
“As the country’s leading spent shotgun cartridge recycler, we already recycle over two-thirds of the 230 million cartridges shot in the UK each year at our plant in Lincolnshire. With increasing pressure on the shooting industry to recycle we are delighted to promote this initiative. We aim to collect from shoots in Feb/March and can cater for any size of shoot, offering bespoke packages with more bags.”
BGA’s chief executive Liam Stokes added:
“BGA shoots are driving self-regulation and high standards, and this new initiative is yet another way our community can demonstrate its commitment to sustainability. Agri.cycle is at the cutting edge of eliminating single-use plastics from the rural sectors and working together to recycle cartridge cases we can reduce the amount of plastic used to produce BGA Assured game meat and further improve the environmental credentials of BGA Assured shoots.”
To find out more, visit: www.britishgamealliance.co.uk