Ag Plastics Recycling

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Please note: Alberta is now undergoing changes to collection sites for pesticide & fertilizer jug recycling.  Expand the first option below for further information.

Farmers and producers in the Barrhead region can recycle various agricultural plastics through Cleanfarms programs like the Alberta Ag-Plastic Recycle it! Program.  Cleanfarms is a non-profit environmental stewardship organization that strives to offer tangible ways to address agricultural waste management in the community.  

Why recycle?

Over the years, agricultural plastics have often been disposed of on-farm or in landfills.  Recycling ag plastics ensures that these materials are disposed of properly and sustainably.  Recycling is increasingly available in Alberta, and is vital to ensuring that our environment and farms remain healthy for years to come.
 

County of Barrhead farmers & residents can recycle twine, grain bags, and pesticide & fertilizer jugs.  Expand the options below for more information on recyclable ag plastics, collection site locations, and more!

Recent Changes
Cleanfarms is transitioning Alberta collection sites for recycling empty pesticide and fertilizer jugs to agricultural retailers.  Current collection sites at transfer stations and landfills across the province will be discontinued gradually over the next three years.
 
Empty plastic pesticide and fertilizer jugs up to 23L should be returned to your local retailer where possible.  Remember to ask your local retailer if they have begun accepting jugs for recycling, as many are participating in the program before municipal sites officially close.  Keep up-to-date on the small container collection transition by visiting cleanfarms.ca/mb-ab-jug-transition/.
 
Collection Sites
While jugs are still currently being accepted at the Barrhead Regional Landfill, they should be returned to participating local retailers where possible.  
 
Preparation
  1. Rinse - Rinse containers using a chemical handler, triple rinse, or pressure rinse.  Remove and discard paper booklets.  
  2. Bag - Place rinsed containers in collection bag.  Only put one type of material per bag (i.e., jugs).  Collection bags are available at your ag retailer.  
    • Seed Treatment Containers - caps are to remain securely on, and containers placed in a separate collection bag.
  3. Return - Return for recycling at your local ag retailer.
Please Note: Grain bags must be machine rolled to be accepted for recycling.  Contact the County of Barrhead to rent our grain bag roller.

Preparation:
  1. Shake - Remove debris; grain bags must be as clean as possible.  Take care to remove as much organic material (spoilage, dirt, etc.) as possible before or during rolling.  Excessively dirty or loose/unrolled bags may be rejected, subject to a landfill tipping fee or additional charges at drop off.
  2. Roll - Prepare grain bags by rolling and tying with twine.  Contact the County of Barrhead to rent our grain bag roller and instructions on how to use the machine.  
  3. Return - Please contact the County of Barrhead to make an appointment to drop off material.
Collection Site: 
Rolled grain bags are accepted at the County of Barrhead Agriculture Services yard.  Call 780-674-3331 to make an appointment for drop off.  
 
Not Accepted Materials:
  • Unrolled or loosely rolled grain bags
  • Silage films, silage bags, or silage tarps
  • All other bags
Preparation:
  1. Shake - Remove as much debris, snow or ice as possible.  Excessively dirty twine may be rejected, subject to a landfill tipping fee, or additional charges at drop off.
  2. Bag - Place loose twine in a collection bag and close securely.  Cleanfarms recycling bags are available at the collection sites and at the County of Barrhead Administration Office. Seed bags or bulk totes can be used to collect twine, however please note that the bag will be inspected to ensure that only twine is brought to the collection site.  
  3. Return - Please contact the County of Barrhead and make an appointment to drop off material.  
Collection Site:
Bagged twine is accepted at the County of Barrhead Agricultural Services yard.  Call 780-674-3331 to make an appointment for drop-off.  
 
Not Accepted Materials:
  • Netting or net wrap
  • Bale wrap or silage wrap