There are six new drop-off locations in Alberta for recycling grain bags and/or used baler twine.
That means there are now 26 collection sites in the province but since not all of them accept both bags and twine, producers should first check the list of collection sites at cleanfarms.ca (click on the Programs by Province tab and then on Alberta Ag-Plastic Recycle It!). In addition to stating what products are accepted at each site, the site list has hours of operation, directions, contact info and whether the site has a grain bag roller that producers can use.
The Alberta Ag-Plastic Recycle It! program is a three-year pilot that launched last year following a study that estimated Alberta farms generate between 1,480 and 2,500 tonnes of grain bags annually and between 1,320 and 3,000 tonnes of polypropylene twine.
The six new sites are in Clear Hills County (Cleardale Transfer Station), County of Forty Mile No. 8 (Foremost Transfer Station), County of Minburn (Mannville Waste Transfer Station), Cypress County (Hilda Transfer Station), Flagstaff County (Flagstaff Waste Regional Landfill) and MD of Provost (Provost Regional Landfill).
Producers should make use of the program, said Stacey Barrows, who operates a 4,300-acre grain farm in the County of Forty Mile with husband Brent.
“We all need to recycle not only to keep our farms healthy, but also to teach younger generations to be stewards of the land, too,” Stacey said in a CleanFarms release.
The pilot project is funded by a provincial grant, which is being administered by Alberta Beef Producers.