Grain bag recycling is available as follows:
*Some sites that have a compactor may be able to accept unrolled or hand-rolled grain bags. Contact your local collection site for further information.
Machine Rolled and Secured with Twine
No Hand-Rolled Bags
No Loose Drop-Offs
No Silage Tarps or Other Material
Do all Alberta pilot sites collect grain bags along with twine?
There will be some variation between sites – please call ahead to check what your local site collects.
This program is a pilot which means that we are testing out recycling markets and program logistics. Collection sites may collect grain bags only, twine only or both based on the types of farms in the region and/or resources/equipment available.
Why do I need to use a separate mechanical roller instead of hand rolling or rolling the bag with my extractor?
Generally, plastics that are hand rolled, or rolled off an extractor, or collected loose, take up a large amount of space, are time consuming and difficult to handle with equipment, and they weigh very little, which is inefficient for transportation to a recycling facility, and the recyclers will not accept the material when it is loose.
Depending on the brand and model of your extractor, the bags may still be rolled very loosely which requires re-rolling before it can be efficiently transported to- and accepted by a recycling facility. Please contact your local collection site prior to drop-off to ensure your bags are acceptable for recycling.
My extractor has a rolling arm, is this sufficient?
Where can I rent or purchase a grain bag roller?
Please contact your local collection site or County/MD office to see if a grain bag roller is available to borrow or rent. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of known grain bag roller manufacturers.
Is funding available to farmers for grain bag rollers?
Alberta producers can apply for 50% funding towards the purchase of a grain bag roller or a compactor under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program.
Can I bring other types of ag plastics to a collection site?
Call your collection site first. Some sites are diverting other agricultural plastics from landfill. These practices are separate from this government funded pilot.
What about bulk bags, seed bags and pesticide bags?
Cleanfarms is in the final year of pilot programming in Alberta for a return to ag-retail for these materials. Please visit the SPI Program page for a map of the current participating retailers.
What about silage plastic and bale wrap?
Cleanfarms has recently launch a pilot program to collect silage plastic and bale wrap. Please visit the AB bale wrap and silage plastic program page for further details.
How do I recycle my other agricultural plastics?
Depending on the type of ag plastic, it may be collected at your municipal waste transfer site, landfill, or ag-retailer and then shipped to recycling markets. For further information, please visit our Alberta Program & Events page and click on the material you wish to recycle. If the material you are trying to recycle is not listed with a province with program, please contact our general information line at email@example.com for recycling options in your area.
Why is there an EHF on grain bags?
Grain bag recycling fees started November 1, 2018. The non-refundable EHF is part of a government regulated recycling program to fund the recycling of grain bags used in SK. The fee ($0.25 per kilogram) is applied when farmers purchase or import bags.
How much is the EHF on grain bags purchased in SK?
The non-refundable EHF is based on the weight of the grain bag and is 25 cents per kilogram. Here’s a link to the EHF schedule for different sizes of grain bags, which started on November 1, 2019.
Where does the EHF ‘end up’? Who manages this money?
First Sellers (companies that sell grain bags or import them into SK) are required by law to finance this recycling program and it’s financed via an EHF charged on grain bag sales. First Sellers remit this revenue to Cleanfarms, which operates the recycling program. Additional information about the important administrative aspects of this program are available here.
Why is this program only available in Saskatchewan?
The program was developed in response to a specific, province-based regulation. Other Western Canadian provinces are currently exploring similar programs.
What else do I need to know about EHFs on grain bags?
The EHF reflects the cost to recycle the grain bag. This model, where the cost associated with managing a product at end of life, is applied at the time of purchase is used by other stewardship programs that recycle items like electronics and oil and is a normal practice.
Will a grain bag roller be available at my local collection site?
Collection sites have the option of making a grain bag roller available free of charge to participants or working with another local agency to do so. Cleanfarms provides a financial incentive to collection sites to cover the purchase, insurance and maintenance of this piece of equipment.
Talk to your local collection site to find out more.
Which collection sites offer on-farm rolling and/or pickup of grain bags?
Some sites, RMs and/or watershed groups offer value added services like on-farm pickup, rolling and baling. Call your collection site or 306 341 4460 to learn more. These services are separate from the Cleanfarms program and the incentive that is provided to collection sites.
The EHF helps cover costs associated with site maintenance, shipping, loading and transportation of used grain bags to end markets once they have been dropped off at a collection depot/site.
Where can I recycle my twine in Saskatchewan?
A twine recycling pilot is now available at select collection sites. Learn more here.
*Pilot collections toward development of Manitoba Ag Plastic Plan; subject to change; please call your collection site in advance to confirm details
Are grain bags part of a permanent collection program in Manitoba?
Grain bags have been collected in Manitoba as part of a pilot study. Insights provided from studies completed in province in 2011 (prior to the launch of the pilot programs and 2019 have provided valuable inputs to considerations for program development. A draft Manitoba Ag Plastic Program (MAPP) is in consultation. For details, visit MAPP
NOTE: Actual materials accepted may vary on a location-by-location basis. Please contact the location to confirm acceptability of material before dropping anything off.
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Did you know?
Grain bags are a valuable and prolific source of used plastics that can reduce the amount of new resin used in manufacturing. Once they’re collected and processed, grain bags are recycled into new products such as plastic bags that can be used by Canadians, coast to coast.
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