Changes Coming to Ag Plastics Recycling Program

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mountain View County has offered an Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program to farmers since 2007. While it is a program we have administered with great pride it is having to undergo changes.

The County’s Farm Plastics Round-Up program is faced with challenges due to the loss of the collection site, bailer and reliable recycling stream. Further, you may have heard about the new Provincial Agricultural Plastics Pilot Program for grain bags and twine.

Mountain View County’s program will now be focusing on twine, with an opportunity to develop a grain bag recycling program in the future.

Mountain View County has had a history of successfully recycling used twine and to continue forward the following program is being proposed:

At the Agricultural Services shop bagged clean and dry twine will be accepted on scheduled collection dates starting in May. A schedule will be advertised with the collection dates, ranging from twice a month in the spring and fall and once a month in the summer. Staff will be onsite for the collection to ensure twine accepted meets the criteria for recycling. Any material that can not be salvaged for recycling will have to be landfilled at the cost to the landowner.

Additional information on how and what will be accepted under the twine recycling program to assist participants will be advertised soon. Please keep in mind twine must be free of hay, straw, mud, manure and debris. Bags to collect the twine will continue to be available at the County Office and at the Agricultural Services shop. The $100 incentive will no longer be paid, and no minimum volume is required for drop off.

If you have grain bags for recycling please contact the County’s Agricultural Services as a grain bag recycling program is still being developed.

The following plastics cannot be accepted under the program: hay tarps, silage tarps and netwrap.

These plastics should not be burned or buried! Burning of plastics is illegal under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Mountain View County Fire Bylaw. Landfilling waste agricultural plastics is the only current option available.

As the provincial Agricultural Plastics Recycling Pilot continues, hopes are for emerging and consistent agricultural plastic recycling markets. Mountain View County Agricultural Services Staff will contact past Farm Plastics Round-Up participants to gauge interest in other potential Ag Plastic Recycling initiatives.

The County’s current chemical jug and wire recycling programs remain unchanged.

For further information please contact Mountain View County Agricultural Service via email at ag@mvcounty.com or call 403-335-3311 during regular office hours.

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