Farmers, ag groups asked for feedback on recycling plan

Cleanfarms is set to transition its Manitoba pilot to a permanent, province wide program

Farmers, ag groups asked for feedback on recycling plan

Farmers, producer groups and agricultural suppliers in Manitoba are invited to give feedback on a plan for a province-wide agricultural waste recycling program.

Cleanfarms, which recycles ag plastics and waste across the Prairies, is preparing to transition its Manitoba pilot to a permanent, industry-funded recycling program it said in news release on December 16.

It’s looking for feedback on the first draft of its plan to do so.

Since 2013, Cleanfarms has run a government-funded, pilot-scale program in Manitoba. It gathered and recycled plastic containers and totes, and also periodically gathered unwanted animal medications and pesticides.

According to the draft Manitoba Ag Plastics Plan, Cleanfarms would begin collecting grain bags and baler twine in April 2021. A second phase, adding silage film and bale wrap would be added eventually.

“Stewards” or “First Sellers” would be responsible to provide the collection and recycling program to handle the materials. These stewards and sellers would also collect an environmental handling fee on the designated items, which they’d forward to Cleanfarms to finance the program.

The draft plan says the environmental handling fees would roll out in December 2021, to be determined in a per kilogram basis.

Cleanfarms would continue to ensure that the items are recycled or “managed responsibly,” the plan says.

Written comments can be submitted until January 12, and should be sent to Kim Timmer, Cleanfarms’ manager of stakeholder relations at [email protected].

Cleanfarms will incorporate feedback into a report to be sent to Manitoba Conservation and Climate on January 30. The organization said it hopes to receive approval from the province by the end of march so it can begin the transition to the industry-funded model in early spring.

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