“We have to be more responsible about the choices we make and think about how our decisions impact our communities,” says Bob. “We strive to be stewards of the land and want society to look up to us for what we’re doing for the environment. I feel good knowing that the plastic I recycle doesn’t end up in a landfill, but instead, is converted into something valuable, like farm drainage tile.”
Bob Bartley operates a grain and oilseed farm in Roland, Manitoba. Over the past 43 years, he has had the opportunity to witness the evolution of on-farm waste management. Everything from technological advances to education and recycling programs have played a role in reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture. Bob insists that while the industry has come a long way, farmers must continue to adapt and implement waste management practices that benefit the environment.