Silage plastic and bale wrap micro-pilots available in targeted areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta
Cleanfarms is collaborating with dairies, beef producers, and cattle feeders in the Lethbridge area and the Lethbridge Regional Waste Management Services Commission to explore ways to collect silage plastic and bale wrap for recycling. Tools like on-farm compactors help prepare and manage these plastics by minimizing storage space requirements and increasing recyclability.
Farmers in Saskatchewan are also contributing to this work. Partners like the Lower Souris Watershed Association and Caroncrest Farms in Moose Jaw are experimenting with similar compactors. Compactors will also be used in Ontario and Quebec. We look forward to sharing any best practices between programs across the country.
Cleanfarms takes a very measured approach to pilot program rollout. We work closely with a small groups of stakeholders (farmers, collection sites, and contractors/transporters) to build the specialized capacity needed to handle ag plastics. We also work hand-in-hand with recyclers to ensure that feedback mechanisms are in place. This helps ensure that material is collected in a way that maximizes recyclability.
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