Agriculture Plastic Recycling Pilot in Saskatchewan2010 – PresentCollection, Processing & Recycling of Agricultural Plastics in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Watersheds Moose Jaw River Watershed
Why? • Watershed stewardship is not just about water, it’s also about the protection of all the land, flora and fauna, that is within that watershed. • Watershed managers work closely with Rural Municipalities and landowners as they are the ones that own, make decisions for, or manage the vast majority of the landscape. • We implement projects and partnerships at a grass-roots level engaging and communicating at multiple levels.
Current Management • Landfill • More landfills banning material • Presents hazards to equipment • Large volumes that take up space and need compacting • Open Burning • Presents significant air pollution from ash and smoke - this may end up in the soil or surface water
Burning: • Volatile organic emissions tested for in a simulated open burning of used agricultural plastics by the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Grain Bag RollerBrown Bros. Welding and Fabrication: Milestone, SK
Managing sites Must deal with as many issues as possible internally rather than hoping there aren’t any when the load arrives.
Results: • over 140 producers have participated • some travelled over 200 kilometres • all participants maintain that they will continue to participate • approximately 454,000 Kilograms (Approx. 998,800 lbs.) of plastic collected since March 2010 • Hundreds of calls and inquires on project • All of the Plastic materials were accepted • Issues: • distance to ship to recyclers • loose material, sod and soil contamination • Pest contamination • need material to be consolidated into large bales to stack • shipping is the largest unknown factor and the most expensive • bags that contain twine, break down before a full semi load can be collected • Education and awareness consistent to producers across the prairies
Solutions Provide ranches, feedlots and auction marts with bags for twine and use teams and 4H clubs to collect as a fundraiser Education on how to roll; provide twine free of charge on the grain bag roller, store rolls properly so that they shed water
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