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July 26, 2019


We hope your summer is going well. We have a few updates to share on how the program is progressing.


Collection sites

Cleanfarms will announce approximately 20 sites for year one of the program by the end of the summer. The goal is to start collection of grain bags and twine October 1. You can expect more details from our group and Cleanfarms on how the materials should be prepared along with further instructions.


Webinar for interested sites

Cleanfarms has announced its webinar date as a follow up for sites who couldn’t attend the in-person meetings in June. It will be held Tuesday July 30 from 12 to 1:00 pm MT. Details and registration:

When: Jul 30, 2019 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Topic: Alberta Ag-Plastics. Recycle It! Collection site Webinar Please RSVP to shieldst@cleanfarms.ca if you are able to join. Please call in and join by computer using the following: Toll free: 1 (855) 999-4901 Participant code: 259-367-758 # To View Webinar: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/j/1481916536 Conferencing Tips: To mute your line, press *#6 on your keypad


Program brand

Later this summer we will release the branding of the program called, Alberta Ag Plastic. Recycle it! Stay tuned for more details.


Media

We’ve included some recent media coverage stemming from a presentation at the Alberta Beef Producers' semi-AGM earlier in June.

June 27

https://www.producer.com/2019/06/alberta-project-finds-new-use-for-ag-plastic/?

July 2

St.Albert Today: https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/plastic-waste-and-roadside-restrictions-at-county-council-1546597

Alberta Farm Express: https://www.albertafarmexpress.ca/2019/07/02/theres-now-a-good-way-to-deal-with-grain-bags-and-twine/

July 3

http://farmingfortomorrow.ca/environmental-sustainability/build-it-they-will-come/

CBC Edmonton and Calgary radio: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-5-calgary-eyeopener/clip/15724168-clean-farms?share=true

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-17-edmonton-am/clip/15724082-new-recycling-program-for-farmers


Ag Smart Conference

For those of you in the Olds area, come by Ag Smart at Olds College August 13 and 14. We will present an overview of the pilot project and next steps at 12:50 pm on August 14 and there will be a grain bag roller demonstration at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. https://agsmartolds.ca/


Enjoy the rest of your summer,


APRG Committee

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Contact

Executive:

Al Kemmere, akemmere (at) rmalberta.com

Tammy Schwass, tammy (at) albertaplasticsrecycling.com​​

Christina Seidel, cseidel (at) sonnevera.com

Assar Grinde, assargrinde (at) hotmail.com

Neil Gorda, neilgorda (at) barleydirector.com

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