The Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the Resources Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) Nova Scotia partnered with Cleanfarms to conduct an agricultural waste study covering the three Maritimes provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The study revealed that there is just over 3,400 tonnes of plastic waste generated through agricultural activity in the Maritimes. Of that, two-thirds is disposed by farmers each year while the remaining third leaves the farm as packaging material on products destined for retail stores and households. Very little of the on-farm waste is recycled. Cleanfarms will use the results of the study to develop stewardship programs for the types of waste identified so farmers in the Maritimes are able to dispose of their waste in environmentally sustainable ways.

The Quantity of Agricultural Plastics Used in the Maritime Provinces