… One resolution passed at the conference calls on the provincial government to follow the lead of the government of Saskatchewan regarding agricultural plastics. The resolution calls for the Ministry of Environment and Parks and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to “research, develop and implement an agricultural plastics recycling program modeled after the pilot project in the province of Saskatchewan.”
The background briefing note accompanying the resolution states that, “Introducing a program for recycling agricultural plastics in Alberta would benefit the entire province. Implementing a program at the provincial level, rather than municipal, would provide consistent service for all of Alberta’s producers. “It would reduce the negative environmental impacts from improper disposal of large amounts of plastic, reduce the amount of space used in landfills, increase the profile of Alberta’s producers as being ‘sustainable’, and possibly improve the aesthetics by reducing the amount of white plastic blowing around rural areas.”
The agricultural service boards passed similar agriculture plastics recycling resolutions at provincial conferences in 2002, 2006, 2012 and 2015.
The ASB estimates that 3,000 metric tonnes of agriculture plastics would have been eligible for recycling in 2015, including more than 1,000 tonnes of silage pit covers. …