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Saskatchewan agricultural plastics recycling program planned

Dec. 17, 2012, Regina, SK - The Saskatchewan government is providing funding of $75,000 to CleanFARMS Inc. to support the work necessary to develop an industry-led program for the recycling of agricultural plastics. These materials include such items as plastic grain bags, plastic twine, silage bags and bale wrap.

Currently, agricultural producers have very few options available to properly handle and dispose of these plastic materials. The move toward this new program supports the province's Plan for Growth in the agricultural sector by looking for innovative ways to reduce the pressure on local infrastructure.

The Saskatchewan Agricultural Stewardship Council (SASC) made up of representatives from the agricultural industry and formed under the CleanFARMS umbrella has been tasked to develop and implement an agricultural plastics recycling program.

A pilot program in certain areas of the province has been underway since 2011, which has been funded by government through the Ministry of Agriculture and administered by the Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Boards.

CleanFARMS is a non-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste.