Ontario growers can recycle baler twine, bale wrap, silage bags/bunker covers in this pilot project!
Baler twine, silage bags, bunker covers, and bale wrap are valuable tools used to contain and store feed and many Ontario farmers are interested in finding ways to recycle these items. Municipalities are also keen to explore ways to divert these plastics to help contribute to a more circular economy and conserve landfill space.
Cleanfarms is currently exploring a pilot project to recycle these materials in the Bruce County region, a livestock intensive area in Southwestern Ontario. This pilot, which is still in the development phase, will call on farmers to help explore ways to efficiently store, separate or compress their ag plastics. Centralized collection points will temporarily store ag plastics in order to further minimize contamination before they are sent to limited recycling markets.
A multi-stakeholder steering committee is providing direct input into how to make this pilot work for local farmers and develop a model that could be replicated in other ag-intensive areas.
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.