Thursday, December 1 2022

Cleanfarms Inc

Recycling of empty agricultural containers

Cleanfarms' flagship packaging stewardship program, which collects empty plastic pesticide and fertilizer containers for recycling, continues to gain traction.  Cleanfarms has released recovery rates for 2021 showing Canadian farmers returned 77% of empty jugs 23L and smaller in 2021, up from 71% in 2019. Cleanfarms makes large plastic collection bags, pictured here, available at agricultural retailers to make it easier for farmers to manage and safely return empty containers.  – Photo of own farms

Cleanfarms’ flagship packaging stewardship program, which collects empty plastic pesticide and fertilizer containers for recycling, continues to gain traction. Cleanfarms has released recovery rates for 2021 showing Canadian farmers returned 77% of empty jugs 23L and smaller in 2021, up from 71% in 2019. Cleanfarms makes large plastic collection bags, pictured here, available at agricultural retailers to make it easier for farmers to manage and safely return empty containers. – Photo of own farms

ETOBICOKE, Ontario, Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian farmers/producers continue to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring that empty agricultural product containers used for pesticides and fertilizers are returned for recycling.

clean farmsthe national stewardship organization that develops and operates programs to help producers manage agricultural waste on the farm just released recovery rates for 2021 for agricultural packaging of various types that are collected for recycling or disposal in completely safe.

The flagship program collects empty plastic drums of 23L and less that deliver agricultural pesticides and fertilizers to producers. In 2021, farmers returned more than three-quarters of the containers sold on the market…more than 2.25 million kilograms, driving the three-year rolling average recovery rate to 77%.

The recycling recovery rate has soared since 2011 when it was 69%. In 2019 it was 71% and in 2020 it was 76%, indicating that producers continue to look for ways to manage on-farm waste in an environmentally appropriate way.

The recovery rate measures the percentage of containers collected for recycling compared to the number of containers sold on the market that year. The three-year moving average recovery rate equalizes the three-year rate taking into account factors that could cause variations such as different needs due to weather conditions.

“Empty plastic jugs aren’t the only producers of agricultural containers to recycle,” said Barry Friesen, chief executive of Cleanfarms. “They are bringing back several essential items used on farms for recycling – like drums and empty non-returnable bulk bins as well. This bulk container recycling program is newer, only a few years old. By sending them back for recycling, farmers ensure that the plastic in smaller and larger containers is used to make new products in a circular economy. We are grateful that producers respond to the programs in such a positive way. »

In 2021, farmers returned 54% of the bulk containers sold on the market, or more than 71,000 drums and bins. This is an increase from 50% in 2019 and 52% in 2020.

Cleanfarms also operates a grain bag recycling program in Saskatchewan established under the Agricultural Packaging Products Waste Management Regulationss (2016). When launched in 2018, it was the only government-regulated extended producer responsibility program of its kind in Canada. Since then, Manitoba has established industry liability (called extended producer responsibility) on grain bags and twine and Prince Edward Island has done so on a variety of agricultural plastics. In June 2022, the Government of Quebec published a new regulation that covers all agricultural plastics. Cleanfarms is running pilot projects in Alberta to gather information on take-back schemes for recycling grain bags.

The collection of used grain bags in Saskatchewan is increasing year after year. In 2018, Cleanfarms recovered 1,257 tonnes of plastic from grain bags. In 2021, the rolling three-year average recovery rate for recycling was 64%, representing more than 2,100 tonnes of used plastic grain bags.

In eastern Canada, farmers are also returning seed and pesticide bags for safe disposal, as recycling markets are not yet available. Quebec growers also return fertilizer bags. In 2017, when the stimulus program really started, the three-year stimulus rate was 22%. In 2021, it exceeded 38%. Pilot projects are underway in the Prairies to also add the recovery of seeds, pesticides and bags of inoculant.

“Cleanfarms’ recycling programs are like the ‘blue box’ or ‘blue bag’ for producers. We work every day to find better ways to deliver these programs conveniently and efficiently to producers so that more of these materials can be returned for reuse in the circular economy,” Friesen said.

Materials recovered through Cleanfarms programs are processed by small and large companies across North America to form recycled plastic pellets and flakes that are recycled into new products such as agricultural drain pipes, dimensional lumber, edging grass and agricultural plastic films.

clean farms is a notnational agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future by recovering and recycling agricultural and related plastics, packaging and products. It collects materials for recycling and safe disposal through a network of some 1,500 agricultural retailers and municipal partners. It is funded by its members in the crop protection, fertilizers, seeds, animal health drugs, and agricultural plastics Industries. It has staff located in Lethbridge, AB; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.

Contact: Barbara McConnell, Cleanfarms Media
416-452-2373
[email protected]

A photo accompanying this ad is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/d013bf32-2040-4203-9384-5b495efb1bec

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