Farmers are always looking for innovative ways to improve the sustainability of their farming operations.
This includes ensuring that the plastics (e.g., bale wrap, silage bags and bunker covers/tarps) that help them store their feed are properly managed at end of life.
This commitment to sustainability isn’t new… but it has led to a new partnership between the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and Cleanfarms beginning fall 2021. More recently, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) unveiled a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farm-level dairy production by the year 2050.
This support will allow Cleanfarms to extend ag plastics recycling to more regions and equip farmers with tools that can improve the quality of ag plastics available for recycling and reduce the space needed for storage. Participating farmers will be keeping their farms clean and contribute to improving equipment that helps ensure ag plastics can be recycled.
Here for Tomorrow
In January 2022, DFC launched its Here for Tomorrow campaign which supports its commitment to promote and advance sustainability in the dairy sector. Watch the video below to learn how one dairy farmer is incorporating ag plastics recycling into his farming operation and why.
New recycling opportunities made possible through this partnership
- In the District of Kent, BC dairy farmers will be able to bring dry silage plastic to consolidation points where it can be compressed and prepared to be sent off for recycling at no charge.
- Farmers in Southern Manitoba are able to recycle clean, dry bale wrap and silage plastics. View MB ag film and twine collection sites.
- Dairy farmers across Canada will have the opportunity to test and provide feedback on farm compactors over a defined trial period.
- Manitoba project summary (April 2022)
- Prince Edward Island project summary (April 2022)
Learn more about how these compactors can help compress ag plastics, reduce contamination and facilitate transportation to collection sites by watching the video below:
For more information
Please email Kim Timmer.