Cleanfarms reduces costs for environmental treatment of grain bags

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MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan, March 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Effective March 1, Cleanfarms, which operates the collection program to recycle bags of agricultural grain in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, reduced the Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) applied at the point of purchase. The non-refundable EHF is increased from the current 25 cents per kilogram to 22.5 cents per kilogram.

The fee is used to fund recycling programs in the province where it is collected to help keep used agricultural plastic out of landfills and into the environment. Grain bags returned for recycling fuel the circular economy and are used to make new plastic film products. Environmental handling charges are commonly used to finance the recycling of many products. Examples are consumer electronics, oil and oil containers.

Cleanfarms operates the recycling programs in both provinces on behalf of the primary sellers of agricultural grain bags in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These companies are responsible for retrieving used grain bags after producers are finished, in accordance with provincially regulated stewardship policies.

Under his Agricultural Packaging Products Waste Management Regulations, the Province of Saskatchewan requires primary grain bag sellers in the province to operate and fund a government-approved grain bag recycling program. It has been in place for four years. In Manitoba, the government has designated grain bags and twine under its Packaging and Printed Materials Stewardship Regulations in 2021. Manitoba’s EHF came into effect on December 1, 2021. Cleanfarms is the not-for-profit industry stewardship organization that developed and operates government-approved programs in both provinces to recycle waste used cereal bags.

About Clean Farms

clean farms is a notfor profit agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future by recovering and recycling plastics, packaging, and agricultural and related products. It is funded by its members in the crop protection, fertilizers, seeds, animal health drugsgrain bag and twine industries. Its staff is located in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Lethbridge, AB; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.

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