Empty grain bags and used baler twine can still be recycled
MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan, December 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – If Manitoba farmers have empty grain bags or used baler twine around the farm, there is still time to put them away and recycle them before the early winter, according to Cleanfarms.
“It doesn’t matter whether the bean bags were purchased this year or if they were left out from previous years,” says Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen. “As long as farmers take steps to make sure they are free of grain and debris and are rolled, we will take them to our collection sites for recycling. “
Instructions for preparing grain bags and twine for recycling are included at cleanfarms.ca
Cleanfarms, a non-profit industry stewardship organization that has developed similar recycling programs for used agricultural plastics across Canada, operates a pilot multi-location recycling collection program for empty grain bags. used in Manitoba since 2013. He also developed and operates the small and large pesticide and fertilizer container recycling programs.
In 2020, Manitoba Conservation and Climate asked Cleanfarms to transform the Grain Bags and Twine Pilot Project into an ongoing, province-wide recycling program that will provide Manitoba farmers with greater access to recycling of these. agricultural plastics used from year to year. Under the regulations, the responsibility for the ongoing program now rests with the companies that supply grain bags and baling twine in the province.
As of December 1, the regulated program includes a non-refundable Environmental Management Fee (EHF) that helps cover the cost of recycling. It applies to sales of grain bags and bale twine at the time of purchase, which usually begins in early summer. For bags of grain, the EHF will be 25 cents per kilogram; for baler twines of all sizes, it will be 33 cents per kilogram.
A similar program that includes an FHE has been in place for three years on the sale of grain bags under the provincially regulated program in Saskatchewan. During this time, Saskatchewan farmers have consistently exceeded recycling rates year over year. The Manitoba-regulated program will help harmonize recycling programs in the two Prairie provinces.
Cleanfarms has set up 35 recyclable material collection sites across Manitoba. Details on the location and hours of operation of each recycling collection site, as well as instructions on how to prepare materials for recycling can be found at cleanfarms.ca/what to recycle and where. Recycling collection centers are located in the following municipalities:
- RM of Armstrong – Chatfield Transfer Station
- RM of Armstrong – Inwood Transfer Station
- RM of Armstrong – Meleb Waste Disposal Lots
- RM of Brenda-Waskada
- Cartwright-Roblin RM Waste Transfer Station
- MR of Coldwell Eriksdale – Waste Disposal Land
- MR de Dauphin, Sammy’s Farm Supply
- RM of Dauphin, Sifton Landfill
- RM of Ethelbert – Mink Creek Waste Transfer Station
- Municipality of Grandview Waste Transfer Station
- MR de Gray – R-Way AG Ltd.
- MR of Gray Landfill
- RM of Lakeshore, Makinak Landfill Site
- RM of Lakeshore, Ocher River Landfill
- RM of Lakeshore, Rorketon Landfill
- Neepawa region, regional landfill site of Evergreen Technologies
- MR of Norfolk-Treherne, Rathwell Transfer Station
- MR of Norfolk-Treherne, Treherne transfer station
- MR de Pipestone – Reston Landfill & Recycling Depot
- RM of Portage la Prairie, Portage la Prairie Landfill
- RM of Riding Mountain West – Inglis Waste Disposal
- MR of Rosedale – Kelwood Landfill
- MR de Russell / Binscarth
- Stanley SWAMP RM dump
- Town of Steinbach, landfill site of the town of Steinbach
- MR of Stuartburn
- MR of Thompson
- RM of Two Borders, Pierson Landfill
- MR of Victoria – Holland Waste Disposal Lots
- RM of Westinterlake – Ashern
- RM of Westinterlake – Oakview Waste Transfer Station
- Westlake-Gladstone RM – Gladstone Location
- MR of Westlake-Gladstone – Langruth Location
- RM of Westlake-Gladstone – Plumas location
- Westlake-Gladstone MR – Westbourne Location
Recycled grain bags are used to make new products such as plastic building sheets and industrial garbage bags. Recycled baler twine is made into car parts, composite decking, flower pots, lumber and similar items.
Clean farms is a non-profit, agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future for present and future farming families by recovering and recycling plastics, packaging and agricultural products and related industries. It is funded by its members in the crop protection, fertilizers, seeds, animal health drugs and grain bag industries. Its staff are located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Lethbridge, Alberta; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.
View Manitoba Stewardship Program Plan for Designated Agricultural Plastics here.
Information on this program: go to https://cleanfarms.ca/grain-bags-and-baler-twine-recycling-program-highlights/
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