Almost 5.5 million containers delivered to Cleanfarms in 2019 for ag-waste environmental applications – RealAgriculture

Canadian farmers are persevering with to indicate their dedication to sustainability on the farm by returning agricultural plastic waste, comparable to empty pesticide and fertilizer containers and grain luggage for recycling, to Cleanfarms’ Ag-Waste Environmental applications.

Cleanfarms launched its 2019 Annual Report for its 5 everlasting assortment applications. The applications accessible are:

  • single-use plastic pesticide and fertilizer containers which are 23 litres and beneath;
  • non-deposit bulk pesticide and fertilizer totes and drums;
  • grain luggage;
  • undesirable or outdated pesticides and livestock and equine drugs; and
  • seed and pesticide luggage collected in Jap Canada.

In 2019, farmers returned practically 5.5 million containers in 2019, bringing the whole quantity collected because the program started 30 years in the past to 131.5 million jugs. Plastic containers are recycled into new merchandise comparable to farm drainage tile.

The gathering of empty agricultural seed, pesticide, and fertilizer luggage in Jap Canada climbed 17 per cent by quantity in 2019 in comparison with 2018. Recycling grain luggage beneath the Saskatchewan provincially-regulated program posted one other profitable 12 months in 2019 with 2,256 tonnes of used luggage recycled, which is a 44 per cent improve in quantity over 2018. A pilot program in Manitoba to gather used grain luggage, bale and silage wrap and wire recovered 51 tonnes for recycling, up from 34 tonnes in 2018.

This system rotates to all areas of Canada each three years. In 2019, farmers within the British Columbia and Alberta Peace Area, Northern Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland returned greater than 214,600 kgs of undesirable pesticides and 5,840 kg of out of date farm animal drugs for secure disposal.

Cleanfarms normal supervisor Barry Friesen says that though plastic merchandise and totes are important instruments on Canadian farms, they turn into ag-waste when farmers are finished with them. “Cleanfarms’ industry-funded applications give farmers choices to handle this non-organic waste, serving to them steward their land for current and future generations,” he explains, including “our objective is to maintain increasing our applications to supply farmers handy and efficient environmentally sustainable choices to handle ag-waste on their farms.”