ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Reducing, reusing and recycling agricultural and horticultural packaging waste, including
plastic containers and bale wrap, will soon be a legal requirement in
As a result of amended legislation under the B.C. Ministry of
Environment that requires all "packaging material" as defined by the
province to be responsibly recycled, CleanFARMS is studying options to
manage agricultural waste plastics.
"At CleanFARMS, we understand what it takes to run a successful
stewardship program. We currently operate two world-renowned programs
for farmers: the national empty pesticide container recycling program
and the obsolete pesticide collection campaign," says Barry Friesen,
general manager of CleanFARMS.
This research project is being administered through the B.C.
Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCORP) and the
Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. Funding for this project is
provided by the Investment Agriculture Foundation through the Agri-Food
Futures Fund, a trust funded from money under the former
federal-provincial safety nets framework.
"We're pleased to partner with CleanFARMS on this project," says Reg
Ens, executive director of the B.C Agriculture Council, "Farmers want
access to programs such as this one that enable them to manage waste
packaging. It's good for farmers, it's good for the environment and
it's good for our province."
As it currently stands, there are either limited or no recycling options
for many agricultural plastic waste products in B.C. Products such as
seed and fertilizer bags, twine and net wrap, silage and hay bale wrap,
and cardboard, among others, will be covered by the new regulations.
By May 19th, 2014, packaging producers must provide for collection of
packaging waste from residential premises and municipal property that
is not industrial, commercial or institutional property. Several
commercial businesses, such as those represented by CleanFARMS, are
making plans to collect all the packaging that they produce in
anticipation of the future requirements.
CleanFARMS' research will examine how much agricultural waste packaging
is generated, who is responsible for managing it and what kind of
programs could be implemented to do so.
A steering committee made up of a cross-section of stakeholders,
including industry and government players, will guide CleanFARMS'
research. The next steps will be to communicate the results to the
About the Agriculture Environment and Wildlife Fund
The Agriculture Environment and Wildlife Fund was created to help the
agri-food industry contribute positively towards resolving wildlife and
environmental issues. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the British
Columbia Ministry of Agriculture funded this initiative through a trust
agreement with the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British
Columbia. The British Columbia Agriculture Council manages the program.
Applications are no longer being accepted.
CleanFARMS is one of Canada's leading agricultural waste management
organizations. It currently operates a national empty pesticide
container collection program and an obsolete pesticide collection
To learn more, visit www.cleanfarms.ca, www.recycling.gov.bc.ca and http://rcbc.bc.ca/files/u7/epr_111018_pppbrochure2011.pdf
SOURCE CLEANFARMS(TM) INC.
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