Good conversations at the SARM convention

Author: Tammy Shields A couple of weeks ago, I spent some time in Regina at the annual Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) convention. I’ve been to a number of these conventions, but this is the first year that I was there in my new role with Cleanfarms; one of the 7-plus industry-led stewardship organizations… View Article

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Timmer’s Travels: My favourite ag moment of 2018!

To celebrate Canada’s Ag Day, Cleanfarms asked Kim to share why she loves Canadian agriculture. When someone finds out that I’ve worked in the agriculture sector for more than 10 years, I’m often asked what has kept me here so long. My immediate response: the people and the culture. I was reminded of this last… View Article

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Agriculture and its contribution to circular economy

It protects the environment, drives innovation and helps the industry stay competitive. Circular economy marks the next big step in our path toward creating a more sustainable future. The circular economy has garnered much interest recently. The approach that challenges how organizations address resource efficiency is gaining traction globally. Here at home, many businesses have… View Article

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Why Recycling Matters

Much of the material going to landfill has a market value. Given the opportunities that exist within the waste recovery industry, should we be burying that value for long? The concept of reducing, reusing and recycling is as old as waste itself. And farmers, particularly older farmers, are some of Canada’s most vociferous recyclers. But… View Article

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The opportunity with ag plastic waste

There’s too much plastic waste making its way into our landfills, and the only way to address the problem is to go back to the basics: reduce, reuse, and recycle  Barry Friesen, General Manager, CleanFARMS Plastic is a key material in the world economy that can be found in virtually everything these days. Worldwide, 322… View Article

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Cleanfarms Partners with Toronto Rib Fest to Divert Waste

The following was a Special to the OWMA News by Barry Friesen CleanFARMS recently partnered with the Rotary Club of Etobicoke to help bolster waste reduction and resource recovery at one of the city’s biggest food festivals – Toronto Ribfest. Through its ambitious sustainability plan, the four-day event diverted more than 86 per cent of… View Article

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Barry’s Blog: Bill 151, the Waste-Free Ontario Act & CleanFARMS

Author: Barry Friesen Today, the Ontario government passed Bill 151, the Waste-Free Ontario Act. Additional details are available here. As you read through this announcement, you may wonder how this might impact our programs and the stewards who make our programs happen. Bill 151 will not have an immediate impact on our current suite of… View Article

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Multiplying end of life stewardship

Author: Barry Friesen 2015 is CleanFARMS’ fifth anniversary. Five is a prime number. 2015 is not but it is the result of multiplying three prime numbers together: 5, 13, and 31. As you may have guessed by now, I’m a numbers guy, an engineer by training, who focuses on metrics and this is what CleanFARMS… View Article

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