Barry Friesen, General Manager
2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Cleanfarms in Canada. Our industry-funded programs recover inorganic ag waste for recycling or safe disposal. Our programs and partnerships are supported by a coast-to-coast network of ag industries, ag retailers, municipalities and growers’ groups. To them, and to farmers across the country who use Cleanfarms’ programs, we say thank you for making the first decade a great success.
2010 to 2020: The First “10” years
Cleanfarms started as a non-profit industry stewardship organization focused on recycling small pesticide and fertilizer jugs, and now:
65% of these containers are recovered for recycling annually ~1600 collection sites.
Through the decade we’ve expanded, forging new partnerships with stakeholders who share a common purpose – to leave our world as good or better environmentally than when we began.
Planning for the next ’10’
Working with stakeholders through four office locations – Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta –we’re constantly innovating to offer solutions that help farmers keep operations clean and efficient:
- operating 5 permanent programs to recycle and safely dispose of inorganic farm waste
- recovering unwanted pesticides and livestock/equine medication for proper, safe disposal
- recycling grain bags in an extended producer responsibility program in Saskatchewan, and conducting pilots in Manitoba (grain bags, bale wrap and twine) and in Alberta (grain bags and twine)
- completing a national study to quantify types and volumes of on-farm plastic wastes and to identify management facilities (MECC)
- collecting data on recycling agricultural plastics in Quebec as a basis for a regulated provincial industry stewardship program
10 years at-a-glance
2014 to 2017: Expanding programs
2018: 3 New Programs
2019: Continuing to grow
2020: Leading the way to sustainability
By the end of 2018, Cleanfarms recovered 51,664 metric tonnes from Canada’s agricultural sector:
Tonnes of empty ag-plastic jugs & containers
Tonnes of used grain bags, film and twine for recycling
Tonnes of empty seed, pesticide and fertilizer bags for proper disposal
Tonnes of old, unwanted pesticides and livestock/equine medications