Advancing plastics recycling in Alberta
AgricultuRal Plastics Recycling Group
The APRG is made up of over 20 organizations representing agricultural producers, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, non-profits and others.
In December 2016, the group formed to advance the discussion and action on the topic of agricultural plastics recycling. The APRG gathered stakeholders for further discussion about a provincial solution for ag plastics recycling because of concerns over the lack of options for the waste material, combined with the absence of policy for a provincial agricultural plastics diversion program. From January to June 2017, the group met with over half a dozen producer groups and communicated to over 30 producer groups in the province (representing dairy, beef and crop agricultural producers among others) to update them on the topics and issues of ag plastics waste and recycling.
In August of 2017, a group of 70 representatives from municipalities and producer groups gathered for discussions about challenges and opportunities around agricultural plastics recycling.
In 2019, the group was granted $1 million in funding from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for a three-year pilot program to recycle grain bags and twine.
In 2022, the program was granted an extension until at least August 2023 along with $115,000 to run a micro-pilot to increase twine collection and awareness.
Cleanfarms is the pilot program operator. More information about Alberta Ag-Plastics: Recycle it! can be found at https://cleanfarms.ca/alberta-ag-plastic-recycle-it-program/