Recycling Agricultural Materials
The chemical reactions that occur during the burning of plastics, such as polyethylene grain storage bags, produce an array of toxic substances that are detrimental to both human health and our environment. The residue from burning these bags releases highly toxic materials into the atmosphere and potentially into the soil where toxins could impact water and soil quality. When materials containing chlorine are used, dioxins and new furans may form, which can cause health effects ranging from cancer to nervous system disorders. Government of Saskatchewan
Grain Bag and Twine: Grain bag rollers are located at recycling sites and are available for producers to roll used bags. Bags will be stored at the collections sites until transportation to the recycler is arranged.
Simply Ag: co-ordinates the grain bag and twine program.
Sites: Unity– 306-228-2893 Humboldt– 306-682-1955
Rush Lake– 306-784-3121 Cudworth– 306-682-1955
Prince Albert– 306-960-5299 Saskatoon– 306-933-2343
Empty Pesticide and Fertilizer Container: For no charge, farmers can drop off their clean empty containers at the nearest collection site. Containers 23 litres and smaller are collected through this Clean Farms program. Containers larger than 23 litres should be returned to the point of sale or to the manufacturer for disposal.
Clean Farms: the program operates each growing season. For site locations visit http://www.cleanfarms.ca/maps_sk_s.
Silage Bags/Net Wrap/Bale Wrap: Watch for information in the future for recycling options. The more interest shown by RMs and producers, the more likely there will be programs to address recycling these products. If interested, please contact Simply Ag at 306-955-5477.
Livestock Biomedical Waste Disposal
Sharps are hazardous to cattle and wildlife. If eaten they can cause hardware disease and if stepped on can cause lameness. Medicines improperly disposed of are a risk for soil and water contamination.
Sharps should be placed in a puncture proof container, clearly marked and have a tight fitting lid. Sharps containers can be purchased for a nominal fee and can be picked up for a fee, or dropped off at designated locations at no cost. Sharps are considered bio-medical waste and as such are subject to regulations for bio-med waste.
Pesticides & Vet Supplies: For obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label) and food animal health medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, Ser. Number or Pest Control Product number on the label).
Clean Farms: picks up pesticides and certain vet supplies approximately every three years, at designated local retailers. Sites vary depending on the year.
For information on Used Oil Recycling, Batteries and Household Waste
Please visit our poster on Agricultural Waste Recycling