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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program

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Red Deer County has partnered with two other central Alberta counties to work with one of the largest plastic recyclers in Western Canada.

Working with Merlin Plastics, Lacombe, Ponoka, and Red Deer Counties will offer free agricultural recycling to producers operating within their respective municipalities.

Plastic grain bags will be collected from central Alberta producers and delivered to a recycling facility in southern Alberta. The bags will be processed there and turned into pellets, which are utilized by a plastics manufacturer. Both pelletization and manufacturing occur in Alberta

Lacombe County is responsible for providing grain bag collection services. The grain bags will be processed with a grain bag roller on site and collected for delivery to the recycling facility.

The service is free of charge to producers in the three counties.

Producers who request grain bag recycling services must have a person on site capable of assisting with the rolling and collection of the bags.

Grain bags must be free of grain, mud, dirt, debris and vermin.

Grain bag collection services should be scheduled within one week of grain extraction, to ensure used grain bags are eligible for recycling.

According to the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association, 82 per cent of agricultural plastics users are concerned about how they deal with agricultural plastics; 87 per cent said it was important to them to be able to recycle agricultural plastics and 74 per cent said it is difficult to recycle them.

For more information contact the Red Deer County Agriculture Office at 403.342.8654. To book, call Krista Pannenbecker at 403.782.8959.

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