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It’s in the Bag - Agricultural Plastics Recycling Workshop. Alberta Updates. The Problem. Alberta Market Forecast 2008. Polyethylene Silage Cover, Silage Bag, Bale Wrap, Greenhouse Film 4300 – 5200 tonnes 9.5 million – 11.5 million pounds Polypropylene

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alberta market forecast 2008
Alberta Market Forecast 2008
  • Polyethylene
    • Silage Cover, Silage Bag, Bale Wrap, Greenhouse Film
    • 4300 – 5200 tonnes
    • 9.5 million – 11.5 million pounds
  • Polypropylene
    • Twines, cordage, net wrap, feed bags
    • 3000 – 4000 tonnes
    • 6.5 million – 9 million pounds
future market
Future Market
  • Volumes expected to increase
    • Grain bags
    • 40 – 50% more product baled in 2010
      • May be trend away from net wrap back towards twine
current management
Current Management
  • Landfill
    • More landfills banning material
      • Presents hazards to equipment
  • Open Burning
    • Presents significant air pollution issues
  • Bury on site
  • Recycling
emissions
Emissions
  • Ag plastics burn easily but incompletely
  • Resulting pollutants:
    • Heavy metals
    • Dioxins, furans
    • Carbon monoxide
    • Volatile organics
  • Pollutants risk to health and environment
    • Bioaccumulate through food intake
    • Inhalation of smoke
stakeholder committee
Stakeholder Committee

Manufacturers

Distributors and Retailers

Waste Managers

Recyclers

Alberta Agriculture

Alberta Environment

Moose Jaw River Basin Watershed Group

Alberta Plastics Recycling Association

Recycling Council of Alberta

conclusions
Conclusions
  • Plastics must be sorted at source by resin type
  • Contamination must be minimized
  • Handling at collection sites
    • Twine bagged
    • Film rolled or folded
    • Manual handling inefficient
  • Generators keen
  • Education key
  • Large site variability
  • Economic incentive required
pockets of recycling
Pockets of Recycling
  • Limited success
  • Market variability
  • Cost and capacity issues
challenges for recycling
Challenges for Recycling
  • Collection infrastructure
  • Material contamination
  • Processing capacity
  • Markets
  • Costs
    • Collection
    • Processing
    • Transportation
communities participating in recycling 2010
Communities Participating in Recycling 2010
  • Mountain View
      • Olds
      • Rocky View
  • Drumheller
      • Some generators taking material directly to Crowfoot facility
      • Region may set up collection points
  • Other regions interested in recycling but not fully absorbing financial burden
market opportunities
Market Opportunities
  • Bridon Cordage expanding recycling program across U.S.
    • Pay 8 cents/ lb plus 7 cents/ lb freight
    • Trials from Lethbridge currently being planned
conclusions26
Conclusions
  • Plastics must be sorted at source by resin type
  • Contamination must be minimized
  • Handling at collection sites
    • Twine bagged
    • Film rolled or folded
  • Generators keen
  • Education key
  • Large site variability
  • Economic incentive required
roles responsibilities
Roles & Responsibilities
  • Industry
    • Supply materials of known resin types
    • Provide funding through stewardship program
  • Agricultural Community
    • sort plastic by resin type
    • keep material clean
    • deliver used plastics to collection sites
  • Collection facilities
    • Keep material clean and separated
    • Densify for transport
  • Recyclers
    • Remove residual contamination
    • Process for recycling
recommendations
Recommendations

Development of local / regional recycling capacity

Introduction of an industry stewardship program

thank you
Thank You

Christina Seidel

Recycling Council of Alberta

www.recycle.ab.ca