ETOBICOKE, ON, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Government of Saskatchewan has
partnered with CleanFARMS to develop an appropriate way to manage
on-farm plastic waste, such as bale wrap and grain bags, in an effort
to reduce the environmental footprint of farming in the province.
As it currently stands, there are either limited or no recycling options
for many agricultural plastic waste products in Saskatchewan.
"We know that farmers are more than willing to participate in
stewardship programs where they exist; they want to do the right thing.
CleanFARMS currently operates a national empty pesticide container
recycling program and an obsolete pesticide collection program, both of
which have very high participation rates," says Barry Friesen, general
manager of CleanFARMS.
The challenge Prairie farmers have managing their plastic grain bags has
been well documented as of late.
"We are pleased to see industry, government and the broader stakeholder
community work together to develop a recycling program for farmers,"
Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.
CleanFARMS recently did a study of the agricultural waste stewardship
programs in the province. The research revealed that the most
successful programs had government legislation mandating participation
such as those to manage used oil, oil filters and their containers,
tires, paint and electronics.
The Government of Saskatchewan has tasked CleanFARMS with bringing
together stakeholders to develop the framework for a program to recycle
agricultural plastics such as bale wrap, twine and grain bags.
"Saskatchewan is an innovative province that is well positioned to
become a leader in agricultural plastics recycling," says Friesen. "In
many cases, the technology is already in place. Bridon Corage, a highly
successful twine manufacturer with a plant in the province, is
currently making new twine out of used twine."
CleanFARMS led a consultation with industry stakeholders today, which
will help guide its work going forward. Its recommendations on a
potential program structure will be ready for the Ministry of
Environment by early spring of this year.
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
campaign. To learn more, visit www.cleanfarms.ca.
SOURCE CleanFARMS(TM) Inc.
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