Farmers in the Moose Jaw region now have access to a Cleanfarms disposal program for empty seed and pesticide bags for the 2018 growing season.
Ontario and Quebec farmers have had access to a similar program since 2014. What started as a small-scale project with five sites has grown to an industry-funded, region-wide collection program. In 2017 alone, farmers returned almost 300,000 kilograms of bags.
Cleanfarms has had a number of inquiries from farmers, municipalities and industry about offering similar programming in Western Canada and we are now working with three ag-retailers in the Moose Jaw region to explore this.
This micro-pilot is only available to farmer-customers who use these three ag retailers. Customers will be provided with collection bags to hold their 22.5 kg (or smaller) seed and pesticide bags. Large one-tonne tote bags (supersacks) can be flattened and tied (with twine) in bundles of six or less.
In the near-term, the bags will be sent for energy recovery while other recycling options are explored.
We welcome the opportunity to connect with your account managers in the region to ensure this pilot best meets the needs of farmers in the area. Please email us to ensure that we have your local contacts on our mailing list.
We look forward to sharing our progress with the Canadian Seed Trade Association, seed companies and additional stakeholders as this work unfolds.