Recycling Non-Nutrient Agricultural Waste

Are you waste wise?

There are a lot of different types of waste produced by farm businesses. Used and unwanted plastic film, seed bags, pesticide containers, twine, tires and engine oil are just examples of the type of waste that farmers need to dispose of regularly.

Dispose of your agricultural waste responsibly

Burning and burying non-nutrient agricultural waste can pollute the air, contaminate water and can have other potential harmful impacts on the environment, which can harm people and livestock. Consider recycling and reusing your waste instead. Recycling and reusing these materials can help lower your dumping costs while beautifying your property. Plus, it's better for the environment.

There are many programs in Ontario that can help you dispose of your waste responsibly. Not sure where to start? See CleanFARMS' Guide to Recycling Non-Nutrient Agricultural Waste in Ontario for ways to reduce the amount of agricultural waste going to landfill. You can also add the disposal of farm wastes into your Environmental Farm Plan.

Programs

These links offer waste disposal options and describe different recycling programming that may be in your area.

  • Many municipalities in Ontario have agricultural waste recycling programs, such as Kincardine's Agricultural Film Recycling Program. Contact your municipality to see how you can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
  • You can prevent containers, machinery fluids, electronics, hazardous materials and other non-nutrient agricultural wastes from ending up in landfills. Check out the CleanFARMS recycling programs and collection sites across the province.
  • Visit the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change's website to learn more about Ontario's plan for waste reduction and the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, and other waste-diversion programs in the province. Contact the ministry at 1-800-565-4923 or submit a message on their website.

Resources


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