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Feb 04

#WasteWednesday February 10, 2021

Posted on February 4, 2021 at 11:36 AM by Tracy Wasylow

Brad Ollen
Waste Services Manager
Municipal District of Bonnyville

It’s #WasteWednesday again, so let’s talk about Ag Plastics recycling.

The M.D. of Bonnyville is one of 27 collection sites in the province for an ag plastic recycling pilot project for twine and grain bags. This pilot project began in the fall of 2019.

Bale wrap and net wrap, along with twine are still accepted at our landfill transfer stations, but the materials must meet two conditions: they must be in clear bags (which we supply), and the material must be clean.

We had our first shipment of twine sent off for recycling and unfortunately 47% of the shipment was landfilled due to it containing too much straw or the twine was mixed with net wrap.
Twine Recycling 2

Of the 2,950 kg (6,503 lbs) we had shipped, 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) was landfilled.

Twine Recycling
We need to remember that materials have to be clean in order for them to be recycled and that needs to happen on the farm during collection in order for it to be an economical program.

Have questions? Want to get involved? Contact Waste Services Manager Brad Ollen at 780-826-3951.