Alberta growers can recycle bale wrap and silage plastic (bags, tarps, & bunker covers) in this pilot project!
Alberta has the most beef cattle in Canada and is the fourth largest milk-producing province in Canada, which means that silage plastic and bale wrap, used to store feed, are essential farm tools. Alberta beef and dairy producers, and the variety of stakeholders that support them, are committed to continuous improvement, which helps explain why agricultural plastics recycling is gaining traction in the province.
Cleanfarms will be collaborating with dairies, beef producers, and cattle feeders in the Lethbridge County area to explore various forms of ag plastics recovery, including an on-farm model. By working with these three groups and drawing on local expertise, including partners like DBS Environmental and Full Circle Plastics, this pilot provides a unique opportunity to explore recycling programs for ag plastics users, regardless of operational size.
Note: This work is separate from the ‘Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It!’ program to collect and recycle grain bags and twine, which is led by the multi-stakeholder Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group, with funds granted by the Government of Alberta and administered by Alberta Beef Producers.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP), a $50.3 million, five-year investment to help the agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive.