Producers returned more than 5.5 million plastic chemical and fertilizer containers last year. | File photo

Plastic chemical container recycling program on track

Canadian farmers and ranchers returned more than 5.5 million plastic-based chemical and fertilizer jugs for recycling in 2020, roughly matching the number of returns made in 2019. The figure was contained in a 2020 annual report prepared by Cleanfarms, a non-profit environmental stewardship organization focused on managing and recycling agricultural waste products such as chemical […] Read more

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

Baler 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 1,100 to 1,300 tonnes of baler twine per year. […] Read more

Saskatchewan moves to small battery recycling for 2020.  |  Mike Raine photo

Battery recycling program for Sask.

Saskatchewan will implement a battery recycling program beginning Jan. 1. The 73 SARCAN collection depots, along with other designated sites, will accept single-use and rechargeable consumer batteries that weigh less than five kilograms each, excluding lead acid batteries. The program will be operated by a non-profit environmental stewardship organization called Call2Recycle Canada. It has been […] Read more


Producers have stepped up their efforts to properly manage agricultural plastic such as grain bags through recycling and safe disposal.  | Mary MacArthur photo

Farming has role in recycling’s future

Farmers earn their living from the land and make sure their fields and farms remain healthy, well-managed and free from litter and waste. This is an investment that benefits all of Canada, given the importance of our agricultural industry to feed our country and the world. Some of the necessary waste materials farmers are left […] Read more

The materials CleanFarms collects include plastic jugs and containers, used grain bags, empty seed and fertilizer bags and old or unwanted pesticides and livestock medications. All are recovered for recycling or proper disposal. | File photo

Ag recycler marks 10 years

CleanFarms, the industry-funded agricultural materials recycling entity, has collected 51,600 tonnes of plastic and other non-organic waste over its 10 years of operation. That’s the weight of about 65,000 cows. Or 7,000 elephants. The group announced its collection total today to mark its 10th anniversary. The materials include plastic jugs and containers, used grain bags, […] Read more


Saskatchewan’s new province-wide grain bag recycling program grew out of a six-year pilot program run by SimplyAg Solutions. This photo was taken during a collection day that SimplyAg Solutions held at the landfill in Unity, Sask., in 2014.  |  File photo

Putting a wrap on grain bags

A new grain bag recycling program is being rolled out across Saskatchewan this month. The first of its kind in Canada, it will allow producers to bring their used bags to one of 20 recycling depots at municipal locations throughout the province. Cleanfarms is administering the recycling program with funding assistance from Saskatchewan Agriculture. The […] Read more

PhD candidate Phil De Luna holds catalyst samples for measurement at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon.  |  Canadian Light Source/ Victoria Martinez photo

Recycled greenhouse gas used to make plastics

The new technology could be used to recycle items such as waste grain bags by capturing the carbon dioxide and converting it back to plastic

Researchers have discovered a way to recycle waste greenhouse gases to make plastic. “Our technology takes carbon dioxide and converts it into ethylene, which is the main precursor of plastic,” said Phil De Luna, a PhD student at the University of Toronto. Using the Canadian Light Source at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, De […] Read more

Cleaning up old tire piles is a priority for Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan.  |  REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez photo

Sask. has plan to carry on with scrap tire collection

Changes to scrap tire collection have left nearly a third of Saskatchewan rural municipalities with piles of discarded tires that councillors and residents want removed. The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corp., a non-profit organization that had operated the province’s tire recycling program since 1996, dissolved Aug. 31 after new regulations came into force earlier in the […] Read more


Tom Price, owner of an agri byproduct composting company near Columbus, Ohio, collects yard trimmings and manure from the farm’s pigs and cattle for composting. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Ohio man farms the wasteland

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — Waste is a dirty word to Ohio farmer Tom Price. Owner of the family-operated Price Farms Organics near Columbus, he has become a receiver of every kind of food byproduct, manure and yard trimming. Those products are turned into compost and sold back to community retailers, wholesalers, gardeners and landscapers. “We […] Read more

Every day thousands of kilograms of unwanted food are delivered to Bio-Cycle in Calgary where it is processed and turned into compost. Grocery stores in Calgary send unwanted food to the company rather than throw it in a landfill.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Waste not, want not

Thousands of kilograms of food are thrown out the back door of Calgary grocery stores each day, but one entrepreneur has found a way to turn that unwanted material into fertilizer. Bio-Cycle Solutions started about 12 years ago when Alberta legislation on manure management changed. Neil Wiens and a partner started a composting business to […] Read more