Saskatchewan’s Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project has been given an extension into 2014.
The federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada program includes recycling for both grain bags and twine.
“The high level of farmer participation in this project demonstrates the importance of responsibly disposing grain bags," said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz in a statement. “Our government is proud to continue to partner with the Government of Saskatchewan to support this program for producers,” he added.
Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project will run until a permanent program is implemented.
“With increasing use of grain bags to store the record crop from last year’s harvest, we want farmers to continue to have an option to responsibly dispose of their bags,” Stewart said.
The Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project was first implemented in March 2011. Since then, more than 325,800 kg of plastic and 6,600 kg of twine has been recycled.
The Ministry of Environment is currently working on the creation of regulations that will form the basis for an industry-led permanent recycling program for 2015. The Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project is administered by Simply Agriculture Solutions Inc. (formerly the Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Boards, or PCAB) and funded through the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 framework.
Farmers and ranchers can access collection sites across the province in Cudworth, Hirsch, Humboldt, Kelvington, Macoun, Mankota (twine only), Milestone, Moose Jaw, Mossbank, Oungre, Prince Albert, Rush Lake, Unity and Viscount.
If recycling is not an option, producers should check with their nearest landfill to see if they take used grain bags.
For more information, producers can contact Simply Agriculture Solutions Inc. toll-free at 1-866-298-7222.