TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - CleanFARMS™ has received $25,000 from the
Governments of Canada and Manitoba to examine how best to collect and
responsibly manage agricultural waste generated on farms.
CleanFARMS'™ research will identify the types and quantities of waste
paper, plastic and other materials generated by Manitoba farmers. The
industry stewardship organization will then look at potential options
for sustainably managing these materials, with the ultimate goal being
to establish a system to manage the collection and recycling activities
of these products.
"Producers take pride in their work and the Government of Canada is
proud to invest in an initiative that will help farmers sustainably
manage their on-farm waste to the benefit of all Manitobans," said
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) awarded $15,000
to CleanFARMS™ for this project, funded through the Agriculture
Sustainability Initiative of Growing Forward, a
federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Manitoba Conservation also
"We know from the success of our empty pesticide container recycling
program and obsolete pesticide collection initiatives that farmers want
to be environmentally responsible," says Barry Friesen, general manager
of CleanFARMS™. "What we're trying to do is ensure the necessary
programs are in place to allow for the proper management of all
"Manitoba producers are known for being good stewards of the land," says
MAFRI Minister Stan Struthers, "and proper elimination of recyclable
and non-recyclable waste materials helps farmers preserve and protect
the land that provides their living."
"This is a great example of industry and government coming together to
develop a solution that will have positive implications for all
Manitobans and the environment," said Manitoba Conservation Minister
As it stands now, farmers sometimes burn or send materials that are
readily recyclable to landfills that are quickly reaching capacity
because there are no alternative options.
CleanFARMS™ is committed to protecting the environment by recycling
agricultural waste products and safely disposing of products that are
not recyclable. It already operates successful empty pesticide
container recycling programs and obsolete pesticide collection
initiatives and is now looking at ways to manage other agricultural
It's expected that CleanFARMS™ will complete its research by mid 2011.
SOURCE CleanFARMS(TM) Inc.
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