In Saskatchewan, alone, farmers use about 1,100 – 1,300 tonnes of baler twine per year. | Screencap via

Twine added to bag and jug recycling

The federal government is investing $1.1 million in Cleanfarms, a non-profit company that helps farmers recycle pesticide containers, grain bags and other plastic waste. Part of the funds will support a pilot project in Saskatchewan, to collect baler twine for recycling. In Saskatchewan, alone, farmers use about 1,100-1,300 tonnes of baler twine per year. Cleanfarms […] Read more

Claresholm, Alta., area rancher Doug Leeds shows a ball of net wrap that he found in the skeleton of a dead cow. Although cattle will eat net wrap, it cannot be digested, and accumulation in the rumen can be fatal. Leeds made a motion at a recent Alberta Beef Producers meeting that the organization support agricultural plastics recycling and spread the word about its dangers to livestock.  |  Barb Glen photo

Bale net wrap proves deadly for livestock

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Bale net wrap is handy stuff when it comes to hay quality preservation, bale uniformity, ease of handling and protection from the elements. However, it’s not quite so handy when net wrap ends up in a cow’s stomach, impedes digestion and eventually leads to the animal’s death. Doug Leeds saw a […] Read more