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The plan was developed based on data collected through multi-year, government-funded pilot projects that took place in Manitoba and best practices in agricultural plastics recycling. The plan also prioritizes harmonization with initiatives underway across the Prairies.
A draft of the plan (version 01) was made available for comment in late 2020. Cleanfarms engaged with producer groups, industry and municipal associations to get feedback on the plan. Individual producers and Manitobans were welcome to provide feedback as well.
Version 02 was submitted to Manitoba Conservation and Climate at the end of January 2021.
Summary of the MAPP recommendations
The MAPP recommends:
- A phased-in approach to a permanent, industry-funded stewardship program targeting ag-plastics that can be recycled at this time. This means that the permanent, industry-funded program will allow farmers to recycle grain bags and twine during Phase 1.
- Phase 1 excludes materials like silage/bale film and netting because recycling markets are not currently available for them.
- Approval of MAPP in March 2021 to allow sufficient transition time.
- Launch of the Environmental Handling Fee associated with MAPP in December 2021.
For more information, please visit the MAPP or email Kim Timmer.