MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan, June 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Farmers in the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District (RDBN) will be able to recycle used agricultural plastics such as baler twine and bale wrap for free at a new Cleanfarms pilot project launched next week.
The Cleanfarms pilot, operated in partnership with the RDBN, allows farmers to collect used plastic baler twine, bale wrappers, silage bags and bunker tarps after they are done with them at the farm and take them to one of the seven collection sites located across the neighborhood for recycling.
Cleanfarms will pick up the material from collection sites and transport it to recycling facilities in Canada and the United States where it will be processed for reuse in new products such as car parts and plastic bags.
“We estimate that Bulkley-Nechako farmers generate around 215 tonnes of these types of used agricultural plastics each year,” said Barry Friesen, executive director of Cleanfarms. “We are delighted that thanks to this pilot project, farmers are able to manage these used materials in a way that is both environmentally friendly and helping them to keep their farms clean and free of plastic waste.
Until now, farmers dumped these materials or stored them on the farm. This pilot gives them the opportunity to see recycled materials when they no longer need them.
“Every bag of silage, every bale and hopper cover, and every mile of baler twine requires natural resources and energy for the manufacturer. By recycling, we make sure that the materials are fully utilized, which fuels a circular economy for agricultural products in Canada, ”said Friesen.
Cleanfarms plans to expand pilot projects like this one, which target used agricultural plastic across the country to achieve a goal of zero plastic waste to land in agriculture.
“British Columbia has a strong track record as a leader in waste reduction and recovery programs. By partnering with Cleanfarms to bring this pilot to our farmers, we are helping them keep these agricultural plastics out of our landfills and out of the environment. This is a positive step towards more efficient waste management in our community and province, ”said Mark Fisher, RDBN Zone A Director and Chair of the Waste Management Committee. Mr. Fisher is particularly excited to see the development of more local end-market options for materials and looks forward to agriculture contributing to the circular economy.
Collection sites are located at the Fort St. James, Smithers / Telkwa, Southside, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake transfer stations, as well as the Knockholt landfill.
To recycle agricultural plastics, farmers can collect large collection bags free of charge from one of the collection sites. Whenever possible, each type of material eg twine, bale wrap and silage bags / bunker covers should be placed in separate bags to separate the different types of plastics. Larger coins can be wrapped and secured with twine, then full bags and bundles can be dropped off at designated collection sites free of charge.
Cleanfarms runs ongoing programs across the country to collect and recycle pesticide and fertilizer containers, seed and pesticide bags in Eastern Canada, and large grain storage bags that are primarily used on the Prairies. . In addition to recycling programs, Cleanfarms collects unwanted pesticides and old obsolete drugs for livestock and horses for safe disposal in a program that runs in regions across Canada every three years.
British Columbia joins Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island to collect press twine in this series of pilot projects to expand the collection of used agricultural plastics from farms for recycling.
The Cleanfarms pilot projects are funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASP) of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The government is investing $ 50.3 million over five years in several projects to help the agricultural sector adapt and remain competitive.
Process of preparing materials for recycling in the RDBN
Taking care to properly prepare materials ensures that they can be accepted for recycling; Here’s how.
- Shake the string to remove the debris. It works best when it’s dry.
- Run a gloved hand along the string to remove clumps of dirt and / or snow in winter.
- Place the twine directly into a collection bag.
- Note: Do not include net in the bag with the string. Mixing netting with twine will make the entire bag non-recyclable. Net wrap is not accepted in this program.
- Shake the wrapper to remove debris (hay, ice, mud). It works best when the wrapping is dry.
- Place the wrapper directly into a collection bag; immediately store it in a grassy or gravel place.
- Avoid bagging the bale wrap that contains large clumps of mud or hay.
Silage bags and bunker covers
- Shake the plastic to remove debris (spoiled silage, mud, ice). It works best when the plastic is dry.
- If necessary, sweep up large pieces of plastic to remove as much debris as possible.
- Fold and roll the large pieces of plastic tightly and secure them with string.
- Place the small pieces of plastic in a collection bag.
- Avoid bagging plastic with large clumps of rotten silage or mud.
Old used plastics stored on farms
Farmers at RDBN may have collected various types of old unusable plastic twine, bale wrappers, silage bags and bunker covers over the years. If these materials cannot be separated and prepared according to the procedure, farmers are advised to dispose of them at regular landfills or transfer stations. Only materials prepared for recycling will be accepted under the pilot project.
Learn more about this Cleanfarms program.
Contact: Barbara McConnell, Cleanfarms Media, 416-452-2373, [email protected]