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Pandemic didn’t slow recycling efforts

Pandemic didn’t slow recycling efforts

Reading Time: < 1 minute Despite the challenges of a year restrained by the pandemic, Canadian producers returned more than 5.5 million pesticide and fertilizer jugs 23 litres and smaller in 2020. That’s on par with 2019 numbers. Last year’s collection brought the total number of jugs recovered for recycling since the beginning of the program in 1989 to more […] Read more

Cleanfarms opens office in Lethbridge

Cleanfarms opens office in Lethbridge

Reading Time: < 1 minute Cleanfarms has opened an Alberta office in Lethbridge. The national stewardship organization is best known for its ag-plastics recycling programs for pesticide and fertilizer jugs and totes as well as grain bags. The organization, which has offices in Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan, has hired environmental scientist Davin Johnson for the Lethbridge operation. Johnson grew up […] Read more


Recycling options for your used grain bags

Reading Time: < 1 minute Now is a good time for Alberta producers to recycle empty grain bags. Under the newly minted ‘Alberta Ag-plastic. Recycle It!’ program led by the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group and operated by Cleanfarms, farmers can have empty grain bags and twine recycled. For year one of this three-year pilot, Cleanfarms has established 20 collection sites […] Read more

Dispose of old pesticides and livestock meds

Twenty-six locations named across the province

Reading Time: < 1 minute Cleanfarms is collecting old, unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications in six locations in the Peace region from Oct. 16-18 and at 20 locations in northern Alberta from Oct. 7-11. Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label) and livestock/equine medications […] Read more


This is just a tiny fraction of the 126 million plastic jugs that have been collected by Cleanfarms and recycled.

Cleanfarms raises the bar on recycling of ag containers

The stewardship organization wants to recycle 100 per cent of agricultural plastic jugs this year

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the three decades since Cleanfarms began collecting agricultural plastic containers, about 126 million plastic jugs have been recycled into new products instead of being disposed in landfills. The voluntary stewardship program in Prairie communities currently recovers about 65 per cent of the smaller plastic containers (23 litres or smaller) that are placed on the […] Read more

Dispose of unwanted pesticides and livestock meds this fall

Dispose of unwanted pesticides and livestock meds this fall

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farmers in the Peace Region and central Alberta can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at one of the designated collection sites this fall. Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label) will be accepted. Livestock medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing […] Read more


Pesticide collection program a success again

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta farmers returned 70,737 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 2,162 kilograms of livestock and equine medications during CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign last fall. The program, which took place at 20 participating ag-retail locations in southern Alberta in October, was the third CleanFARMS collection in the province, but the first to accept both pesticides […] Read more

Obsolete pesticides turned in for disposal

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta farmers turned in more than 66,000 kilograms of obsolete or unwanted pesticides for safe disposal last year. The obsolete pesticide collection program took place across the southern half of the province over a five-day period in October and November where farmers dropped off old or unwanted pesticides. The program is run by Cleanfarms, a […] Read more