Follow 4 steps to ensure that your bags and large tote bags are accepted and can be recycled:
Get your recycling bag – Pick up a free plastic recycling bag from your seed dealer or ag-retailer.
Empty – Ensure bags are completely empty.
Place – Place small empty bags (up to 100 kg) in the plastic recycling bag and tie at the end with rope or twine. Tie large, bulk (greater than 100 kg, usually 500 kg or 1,000 kg) bags in bundles of six.
All pesticide & seed bags: small (up to 100 kg) or large (greater than 100 kg, usually 500 kg or 1,000 kg)
Fertilizer bags (excluding Quebec which accepts them)
Why is it so important to place the small bags in the Cleanfarms collection bags AND tie them tightly?
Even though the bags are empty, there could be some residue so this helps keep everyone safe. It also protects the bags from the rain and potential leaching in the soil and makes them easier to process.
Why do we need to fold bulk bags (500 to 1000kgs) and place them in packages of five or six?
The processors who take these bags have strict guidelines because they need to be able to see what they are processing and prevent damage to the processing machinery. Five to six bags also makes it easier for the driver to load the bags in the truck and transport them to the processing facility.