Developing a shared understanding of the value of used agricultural plastics resource management on farms across Alberta
Ag Forward is a series of information articles for Alberta farmers to promote a shared understanding of the importance of used agricultural plastics resource management. It began with a selection of articles sponsored by the ‘Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It!’ pilot program for grain bag and baler twine recycling in Alberta. That pilot project is led by the multi-stakeholder Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG). Funds for the pilot were granted by the Government of Alberta and are being administered by Alberta Beef Producers.
The series is produced by Cleanfarms, and continues to explore how ag plastics, once used, can be recycled to reclaim the natural resources and the invested energy, returning them to the economy for remanufacturing into new products. This practice is vital 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.
Learn more about Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It! Program Details
For more information, contact Davin Johnson, Cleanfarms Alberta Program Advisor
- April 2023: It’s official – seed, pesticide, and inoculant bag recycling is here to stay!
- February 2023: Alberta Municipalities Passing Torch – Chem Container Recycling Moving to Ag Retailers
- November 2022: Compactor Presses Proving Useful to Manage On-farm Used Silage and Bale Wrap Plastics
- 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
- Cleanfarms program to manage unwanted ag pesticides and old livestock/equine medications (UPLM)
- Other plastics not currently managed by a program