CleanFarms has received $25,000 from the governments of Canada and Manitoba to examine how best to collect and responsibly manage agricultural waste generated on farms.
CleanFarms research will identify the types and quantities of waste paper, plastic and other materials generated by Manitoba farmers. The industry stewardship organization will then look at potential options for sustainably managing these materials, with the ultimate goal being to establish a system to manage the collection and recycling activities of these products.
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) awarded $15,000 to CleanFarms for this project, funded through the Agriculture Sustainability Initiative of Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Manitoba Conservation also contributed $10,000.
“We know from the success of our empty pesticide container recycling program and obsolete pesticide collection initiatives that farmers want to be environmentally responsible,” says Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFarms. “What we’re trying to do is ensure the necessary programs are in place to allow for the proper management of all agricultural waste.”
Farmers sometimes burn or send materials that are readily recyclable to landfills that are quickly reaching capacity because there are no alternative options.
CleanFarms is committed to protecting the environment by recycling agricultural waste products and safely disposing of products that are not recyclable.