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P.E.I. Expands Ag Recycling Program with Cleanfarms

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Prince Edward Island farmers will now have access to a new and expanded agriculture recycling program, a Dec. 5 news release said.

“P.E.I. is a national leader in programs for recycling and the diversion of waste from landfills and this new program will divert even more agricultural waste for proper handling to further protect the environment,” Steven Myers, P.E.I. environment, energy and climate action minister, said in the release.

P.E.I. is the first province in Atlantic Canada with a regulated extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for agricultural plastics, which started Dec. 1, 2022, the release noted.

Recycling programs for empty pesticide and fertilizer containers will continue, along with seed and pesticide bag collection programs, the release said. Existing pilots for bale/silage wrap and twine will expand over the next year with farmers able to divert their fertilizer bags starting next year.

Cleanfarms will manage the Agricultural Plastic Product – Product Stewardship Program in P.E.I., the release said.

“Cleanfarms is committed to helping PEI reach its ag materials recovery and recycling goals. By creating programs that help farmers manage materials when they are no longer needed, we help ensure that recyclable items are repurposed in a circular economy and others that aren’t recyclable are disposed of safely,” Barry Friesen, Cleanfarms executive director, said in the release.

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