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03/12/2018
New Grain Bag Recycling Program

The Government of Saskatchewan recently approved a new recycling program for agricultural grain bags. The program, set to launch this month provides a responsible option for producers to return these large, heavy bags for recycling and to prevent environmental harm from open burning or improper disposal. The recycling program will be operated by Cleanfarms, a non-profit environmental stewardship organization, and regulated by The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations, which came into effect in July 2016.

This makes Saskatchewan the first province in Canada with a regulated agricultural plastics recycling program, Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. I'm pleased that our province is a leader in agricultural plastics recycling, and that our producers and sellers will have a program for grain bags to be responsibly recycled to protect our environment.

With the assistance of funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Cleanfarms will establish 20 grain bag collection sites in 2018, with more sites planned for 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture funded a grain bag recycling pilot program from 2011 to 2017, operated by Simply Agriculture Solutions. Through the program, 4,209 metric tonnes of material was shipped to recyclers equivalent to approximately 28,000 grain bags. The new program will include an environmental handling fee of $0.25 per kilogram, which will be paid at the point of purchase effective November 1, 2018.

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