Recycling pilot project in Alberta for grain bags and baler twine


LETHBRIDGE, Alberta, April 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A pilot program for Alberta farmers to recycle grain sacks and baler twine has been extended beyond its original three-year limit and has received additional funding of $115,000. Scheduled to complete this month (April 2022), the ‘Alberta Ag Plastic. recycle it!‘ The recycling pilot will now continue its activities until at least the end of August 2023.

“This expansion opens doors to expand the program to areas of the province that were not previously included, expanding opportunities for more farmers to participate in the program by recycling their grain bags and baler twine. used bullets,” said Al Kemmere, chairman of the multi-stakeholder project. leader, the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG). “The group’s long-term goal is to expand the pilot project into a permanent program.”

Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development funded the pilot project with $1 million in 2019 and granted the extension and additional funds.

“Farmers are dedicated stewards of our land, and this program makes it easier for them to recycle everyday items like grain bags and baler twine,” said Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Economic Development. “We were so impressed with the participation in the pilot program that expanding it even further was an easy decision.”

The participation of farmers who use grain sacks has been strong over the three years of the pilot project with more than 1,700 tonnes of grain sack plastic recycled. This level of participation generated valuable data to anticipate collection, transportation and recycling costs for a permanent province-wide program.

“The expansion will focus on increasing participation in baler twine recycling,” said Barry Friesen, executive director of Cleanfarms which runs the program. “This will allow us to investigate potential barriers to twine recycling and target education and promotion to encourage farmers to bring back more of this used material.”

To date, approximately 230 tonnes of baler twine have been recovered from the pilot, equivalent to more than 10 tractor-trailers, when fully loaded.

Farmers can go to on the Cleanfarms website to find twine and grain bag collection sites and instructions on how to prepare the material for recycling.

About the APRG

The Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG) formed in 2016 to find solutions for agricultural plastics. The APRG is made up of partners including producer groups, retailers, municipalities, academic institutions, recyclers and farmers. The group is now focused on transitioning from the pilot project to a permanent program as well as exploring solutions for other agricultural plastics such as bale wrap and silage plastic.

The pilot project is led by the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Multi-Stakeholder Group; the funds were provided by the Government of Alberta and are administered by Alberta Beef Producers.

About Clean Farms

Cleanfarms is a national, not-for-profit industry stewardship organization that designs and develops recycling and disposal solutions for farmers to manage used agricultural plastics and other non-organic agricultural packaging waste to help keeping farms and farming communities clean.

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