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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

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



Innovation with the most unlikely material shows all is possible

Human waste has always been a problem, but it is increasingly seen as a resource and that’s spurring the creation of new technologies

I still spend a lot of time in airports and love to use that time to read interesting stories on people, places, politics, science, and technology. It brings to light all that is possible in our world. A little writeup caught my eye in regards to human waste which is a growing problem. In many […] Read more

Feeding the planet is challenging, dealing with its waste is even harder

Earth is becoming an urban planet and that raises a host of issues 
we’ve never had to deal with before

The migration of rural persons to cities hit a historical milestone in 2008 when urban residents outnumbered those in rural areas. The result has been congestion in cities that were ill prepared for this growth and an intense pressure on rural areas to produce more food with less people. The United Nations claims six out […] Read more


Know the rules and think of your neighbours

You don’t need a permit for temporary 
manure storage, but the rules don’t give 
you a free pass, either

Temporary storage is a regulated management option that allows a producer to store manure in the field for a short period of time without requiring permits or additional testing. “Temporary sites offer a number of advantages — operators can avoid spreading on snow and frozen ground, can compost the manure, and can minimize the impact […] Read more

CleanFARMS collection begins this week

CleanFARMS is collecting obsolete pesticide and livestock medications this week at 20 locations across the southern part of the province. Farmers can drop off their obsolete materials at a designated collection site at no charge. The products will then be transported to a high-temperature incineration facility for safe disposal. Pickups will occur at four locations […] Read more


Open-pen feedlot manure is collected from Highland Feeders for use in anaerobic digesters to produce biogas at the neighbouring 
Hairy Hill facility.

Patents boost Alberta biogas company’s plans for expansion

Himark BioGas can now let potential clients independently 
assess the engineering of its leading-edge technology


It’s been in the works for about a decade, but North American and international patents have been issued to Alberta-based Himark BioGas International for its unique biogas production technology. It’s a major step for the company, which was created to find a way to use manure from Highland Feeders as a biogas feedstock. “It’s part […] Read more