Future of grain
HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
Seed and pesticide bag collection
Farmers in Ontario are being offered expanded options to manage their empty seed and pesticide bags this year. CleanFARMS will be operating an extended pilot project to collect and safely dispose of empty bags, at no cost to farmers.
Farmers can obtain free collection bags from select agricultural retailers to put their bags into for return to participating retailers. Pesticide bags included in the program are those of the multi-walled paper, plastic, or aluminum type and multi-walled paper or polywoven plastic seed bags will be accepted.
This pilot is part of the agricultural industry’s commitment to the responsible management of its products throughout their entire lifecycle and will help determine the feasibility of a permanent program. Collection sites will be located at participating retailers in Ontario. A list of participating retail collection sites can be found at www.CleanFARMS.ca.
“This pilot project will build on the solid agricultural stewardship programming that is already in place in Ontario and provide farmers with more options for managing packaging waste on the farm and contributing to long-term goals of keeping agricultural waste out of landfills,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS.
From May to September 2015, CleanFARMS will collect, transport and ensure collected bags are safely converted to energy at facilities that have extensive emission controls and meet all necessary provincial and federal approvals. Farmers can contribute to a clean and healthy environment by ensuring that empty seed and pesticide bags end up in the right place.
“The end-of-life stewardship programs that CleanFARMS operates play an important role in our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Mark Brock, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Funding for this pilot program is provided by CropLife Canada, the Canadian Seed Trade Association, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. •
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The Digital Toolbox
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