Cleanfarms and the Alberta Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG) are publishing a series of information articles for Alberta farmers to develop a shared understanding of the importance of used agricultural plastics resource management.
A common theme throughout this monthly series will be an exploration of how ag plastics, once used, can be recycled to reclaim the natural resources and the invested energy, returning them to the economy where they can be remanufactured into new products.
This practice is important to Alberta farmers because it contributes to agricultural sustainability that begins and ends on the farm, providing stewardship for future generations, as well as environmental health. Future articles will feature discussions on change management such as first sellers and manufacturers taking responsibility for used materials (extended producer responsibility), and explore practical recycling, including opportunities and challenges, for products such as grain bags, silage and bale wrap and baler twine that have real-time applications for farmers.
Cleanfarms is operating a three-year pilot project for grain bag and baler twine recycling in Alberta. The project is led by the multi-stakeholder APRG. Funds were granted by the Government of Alberta and are being administered by Alberta Beef Producers.
Learn more about Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It! Program Details
For more information, contact Davin Johnson, Cleanfarms Alberta Program Advisor
- March 2022: Twine – it’s one of the easiest ag plastics to recycle. Really!
- January 2022: Alberta Farmers Getting on Board with Grain Bag Recycling Pilot
- October 2021: Managing Ag Plastics Long-term – Can Product Suppliers Play a Bigger Role?
- August 2021: How ag plastics recycling works in Alberta – challenges and opportunities
- July 2021: Can the Ag Sector Achieve Zero Plastic Waste on the Farm?
Topics to be covered in upcoming newsletters
- Silage Plastic
- Bale wrap
- Small containers
- Totes and Drums
- Seed, Pesticide, and Inoculant Bags
- Cleanfarms program to manage unwanted ag pesticides and old livestock/equine medications (UPLM)
- Other plastics not currently managed by a program