Farm Plastic Recycling
The Farm Plastic Round-Up Program has been revised. Mountain View County has offered an Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program to farmers since 2007. While it is a program we have held with great pride it is having to undergo changes. The County’s program is faced with challenges due to the loss of the collection site, baler and reliable recycling stream. 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. Twine will be the only plastics accepted under the current program. The previously offered monetary incentive is being used to offset the cost of the collection and processing.
At the Agricultural Services shop (next to the County Administration Building at 1408 Twp Rd 320) only bagged clean and dry twine will be accepted on scheduled collection dates. The collection site is open from 8:00am to 12:00pm on the following days:
- May 24, 31
- June 14
- July 12
- August 16
- September 13, 27
- October (by appointment)
Please keep in mind twine must be free of hay, straw, mud, manure and debris. Twine must bagged in the clear plastic bags provided free of charge. Bags to collect the twine are available at the County Office and at the Agricultural Services shop.
If you have grain bags for recycling please contact the County’s Agricultural Services as a grain bag recycling program is still being developed.
Plastics NOT ACCEPTED under this program:
- Hay tarps
- Silage tarps
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.
For further information please contact Mountain View County Agricultural Service via email at email@example.com or call 403-335-3311 during regular office hours.
Ag Wire Recycling
Terra Metals - in conjunction with the Mountain View County Agricultural Service Board - collects barbed, strand, and page wire to be recycled at no cost to Mountain View County producers.
- When - From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
- Where - Terra Metals is located along Township Road 322 (Amerada Rd), west of Highway 2A, just past the gas plant entrance and before RR 20 intersection.
- Website - http://terrametalsrecycling.com
- Wire must be free of debris (dirt, sod, posts)
- All recyclable wire must be rolled as tightly as possible
- Load wire separate from other metals
*** The rebate program with the Mountain View Regional Waste Management Commission at the Didsbury Landfill is no longer in effect. Producers will be charged for dropping off their wire at the landfill.
For more information contact Terra Metals at 403-415-5097, or Lorelee Grattidge at Mountain View County, 403-335-3311 ext 163.
Empty Pesticide and Fertilizer Container Recycling
Mountain View County has a recycling site for empty plastic pesticide chemical and fertilizer containers under 23 Litres in size. The site is located 0.5 miles west of Highway 2A on the Bergen Road (Twp Rd 320). Any County resident looking to recycle their plastic chemical containers, can drop them off inside the structure at the recycling site, free of charge.
Before recycling the plastic chemical containers, please remember to:
- Remove the cap
- Remove the booklet
- Triple rinsed or pressure rinsed the container
Any cardboard packaging or paper booklets that are not contaminated with any chemical can be recycled. If there is any contamination please dispose of at the Didsbury Landfill.
To review Beneficial Management Practices for Alberta Farmsteads - Farmstead Waste Management, please click here.
Visit CleanFARMS® for details on their Empty Pesticide Container Collection Program.
For more information on Mountain View County's Agriculture Recycling Programs contact Sustainable Agricultural Specialist, Lorelee Grattidge at (403) 335-3311 ext. 163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.