Cleanfarms 2021 annual report shows substantial increase in recycling of agricultural materials

ETOBICOKE, Ontario, May 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cleanfarms today released its 2021 Annual Report, documenting the comprehensive results of its ongoing programs and pilot projects designed and operated to help Canadian farmers manage agricultural products and packaging in plastic.

Most significant in the 2021 results is that Cleanfarms saw substantial growth in the number of materials collected for recycling and responsible disposal across the country, suggesting that more farmers are using the services offered by Cleanfarms and reporting more materials. For example, the number of small plastic containers of pesticides and fertilizers jumped from about 700,000 containers to 6.2 million containers collected for recycling, up 12.5% ​​from the previous year.

Often referred to as the “blue box” for farmers, Cleanfarms’ programs collect large and small plastic pesticide and fertilizer containers, used grain bags and baler’s twine for recycling. In some pilot projects, he is testing the collection of bale wraps and silage wraps that are used across Canada to wrap hay and cover silage used as livestock feed. Additionally, Cleanfarms runs programs that collect unwanted pesticides and old, obsolete livestock/equine medicines for proper disposal. In Eastern Canada, it collects seeds, pesticides and in Quebec, bags of fertilizer for proper disposal, and it runs pilot programs for these materials in the Prairies.

In a report to Cleanfarms members, Board Chairman Boyd Bergstrom and Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen said “Without exception, Canadian farmers have responded to every program and pilot project, returning more more materials to recycle than ever before”.

“Our hats off to the farmers who, in the midst of another challenging year still grappling with the pandemic, have continued to show pride in their farms by finding ways to recycle agricultural plastics and ensure responsible pesticide management. junk, expired and obsolete farm animals, medicines and empty bags of seeds and pesticides.”

2021 has seen the implementation of a series of pilot programs across Canada that are generating critical data that paves the way for the most efficient and cost-effective ways to collect, transport and recycle agricultural plastics. more difficult to manage. Materials collected through the pilots are also being used to develop recycling methodology and recycled content applications with the goal of developing new end markets and new uses for recycled materials from the agricultural sector.

Cleanfarms collects agricultural waste from over 1,500 recycling collection sites across Canada. Its recycling programs keep valuable resources out of landfills and the environment, and reinvest them in the circular economy.

clean farms is an agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future by recovering and recycling agricultural and related industrial plastics, packaging and products. It is funded by its members in the crop protection, seeds, fertilizers, animal health drugs, agricultural plastics Industries. Its staff is located in Lethbridge, Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, MB; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.

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