Waste reduction week a reminder that farmers can always recycle empty plastic pesticide and fertilizer cans

Recycling collection sites will be empty until the end of October

Recycling of empty pesticide and fertilizer cans

Cleanfarms reminds farmers that they can recycle empty and rinsed pesticide and fertilizer cans until the end of October. – Photo of clean farms

Cleanfarms reminds farmers that they can recycle empty and rinsed pesticide and fertilizer cans until the end of October. – Photo of clean farms

ETOBICOKE, Ontario, October 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Waste Reduction Week Canada will be released next week, Monday October 18 through Friday October 22. Each day of the week is designated to highlight key issues that bring them to the attention of Canadians. Thursday is referred to as “plastics” day. The designation opens the door for Cleanfarms to remind Canadian farmers that they still have time to recycle empty pesticide and fertilizer containers that they may have stored in their farmyards or sheds.

Cleanfarms, the national stewardship organization that collects agricultural waste like plastic jugs for recycling, will keep their collection places across the country open and ready to take empty, rinsed jugs until the end of October.

More than 1,600 collection points work with Cleanfarms and accept millions of empty plastic containers of 23 L and less throughout the growing season. The Cleanfarms program preserves these used plastics from the environment and reinvests them in the circular economy.

Last year, Canadian farmers returned more than 76% of the containers on the market, or about 5.5 million empty jugs. This brought the total since the collection program began over 30 years ago to 137.4 million containers returned for recycling.

“We are making steady progress towards higher recovery rates for empty jugs for recycling and we thank Canadian farmers for making this program the success it is. But we have a challenge for farmers. We want them to come back 100% this year, ”said Barry Friesen, Executive Director of Cleanfarms.

When the jugs are recycled, the plastic is put to good use. It is used to make such items as agricultural drainage tiles, fence posts, dimensional lumber used in construction, and plastic pallets.

Recycling empty (and triple rinsed) pesticide and fertilizer cans is one of five programs Cleanfarms operates. It is an industry stewardship organization that respects the commitment of its members in the crop input industry and crop storage industries to manage their products and packaging when farmers are finished. with them. The other programs are:

  • a nationwide recycling program for large plastic bins and drums without deposit for pesticides and fertilizers

  • a national program for the collection and proper disposal of unwanted pesticides and old and obsolete drugs for livestock and horses

  • grain bag and agricultural baler twine recycling programs, and

  • a program to eliminate bags of seeds and pesticides in eastern Canada and bags of fertilizer in Quebec

Cleanfarms is also running a series of pilot projects from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island to collect data on how to recover and recycle plastic bales, silage wrappers and bunker covers. . The information will help to develop permanent programs.

“Cleanfarms is working with farmers and farm organizations to implement responsible recycling and disposal programs that give farmers the peace of mind that this waste is being managed responsibly when it is no longer needed or wanted. It’s good for farmers and good for the environment, ”said Friesen.

Information on the location of agricultural plastic collection sites is provided at Clean Farms.ca

About Cleanfarms

Cleanfarms is a national, not-for-profit organization that delivers industry-funded end-of-life stewardship programs to the agricultural sector across Canada. He works collaboratively with more than 70 members in the pesticides, fertilizers, seeds, agricultural plastics and animal health drugs sectors, as well as with partner organizations and governments to ensure that Canadian farmers can actively contribute to a healthy environment and a sustainable future.

Cleanfarms has over a decade of experience identifying and helping develop North American markets for agricultural plastics through the continued development and management of farmer-focused recycling programs. Its staff are located in Lethbridge, Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.

Contact Person: Barbara McConnell, Cleanfarms Media
[email protected]

A photo accompanying this announcement is available on https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6fecf379-043d-40bd-b0f9-dc09afdb6f54

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