Cleanfarms named recycling pilot program operator

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Source: Alberta Beef Producers

We are pleased to share with you that the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG) through Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) have selected Cleanfarms as the program operator for a three-year pilot program to collect agricultural grain bags and twine for recycling.

Cleanfarms was successful in meeting the qualifications set out in an expression of interest for the provincial program. Cleanfarms will handle program logistics including collection and transportation to recycle the materials. Other responsibilities include market research for all types of agricultural plastics, a waste characterization study to determine plastic volumes and materials, surveys to producers, and education about the program. Cleanfarms is a Canadian non-profit organization that delivers recycling and disposal solutions that help farmers and their communities safely manage farm waste.

The success of Cleanfarms’ programs highlights the commitment of farmers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, municipalities, and provinces to agricultural environmental responsibility and sustainability. Cleanfarms draws on over 30 years of experience implementing programs to collect and divert agricultural waste from landfills, waterways, and on-farm burning.

We have had an extremely positive response from municipalities across the province who want to participate in this program. The project budget will support up to 20 collection sites across the province for the first year of the pilot.

The next step will be to engage those groups to determine the site locations with the goal to start material collection by early Fall.

Cleanfarms has asked that all interested sites go to their website at https://cleanfarms.ca/alberta-ag-plastic-recycle-it-program/ to register interest in becoming a site. You will hear from Tammy Shields and/or other staff from Cleanfarms in the following weeks about the site selection process. An in-person information session for collection sites is also being scheduled for the last week in June.

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