There are no victims or deceased mentioned in the article. : “Cleanfarms: Advancing Recycling Solutions for Agricultural Plastics in Canada”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Cleanfarms, a non-profit environmental stewardship organization, is expanding its range of programs for recycling agricultural plastics. The organization is currently operating pilot projects to develop efficient ways to deal with bale wrap, a type of plastic commonly used in the agriculture industry.

Plastics have become a major global problem, causing pollution that affects both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Barry Friesen, executive director at Cleanfarms, advocates for moving towards a circular economy model to address this issue. He believes that providing farmers with tools for recycling agricultural plastics products is crucial to keeping these useful plastics in the economy.

In Canada, an estimated 62,000 tonnes of plastic are generated annually for the agriculture industry. Cleanfarms currently collects about 10% of this volume through its programs. The organization’s comprehensive collection programs have grown over the years due to overwhelming demand. They manage not only plastics but also fiber-based materials and have a disposal program for pesticide and animal health product remainders.

Cleanfarms’ agricultural container recycling program, which started in 1989, now achieves almost 80% recovery. The organization aims to improve this rate even further. The empty containers collected through the program are used to make drainage tile, which is commonly used on farms in Eastern Canada.

Cleanfarms’ success is attributed to its strong connections to the agriculture community. By listening to farmers and making recycling programs convenient, they are able to encourage the return of products. Farmers are also actively engaged in finding innovative ways to make recycling more efficient, such as the invention of a cost-effective compactor for compressing bale wrap.

The organization has seen enthusiastic uptake of its programs. For example, the grain bag recycling program in Saskatchewan brought in over 2,400 tonnes of grain bags in 2021, compared to 1,200 tonnes in 2018. Convenient and cost-effective programs have been key in encouraging farmers to use these recycling options over other disposal methods.

Cleanfarms is also running pilot programs in Ontario and B.C., in collaboration with other stakeholder groups, to prepare for when agricultural plastics recycling becomes mandatory across the country. The organization believes that a strong recycling culture will help build more capacity in the manufacturing industry and contribute to a circular economy.

By building strong relationships with farmers, brand owners, distributors, retailers, advocacy groups, and all levels of government, Cleanfarms aims to be a powerful catalyst for moving towards a more sustainable agriculture industry.

For more information about Cleanfarms and its recycling programs, visit cleanfarms.ca.

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