The federal government and the Saskatchewan Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Board (PCAB) recently announced a jointly funded new grain bag recycling pilot project. More than $200,000 is being invested in this one-year pilot project to help Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers recycle up to 2,000 tonnes of agricultural plastic, including grain bags and twine. Grain bags are an increasingly popular method of grain storage in Saskatchewan, however there are currently limited options for recycling or disposal.
This initiative includes up to six separate pilot projects throughout Saskatchewan. Each pilot project may include multiple collection sites. The pilot projects will be fully operational by July 2011, though final sites have not been announced. The plastics collected at the pilot project sites will be shipped to Calgary for recycling.
The federal and provincial governments are providing $160,000 for the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project through the federal-provincial Growing Forward framework. PCAB is providing $50,000 and will administer the project. PCAB is a non-profit agriculture organization focusing on timely, effective delivery of agricultural programs to Saskatchewan producers. PCAB currently delivers the Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program and the Canada- Saskatchewan Environmental Farm Plan Program.