HURON-KINLOSS – In November 2020, Bruce County’s transportation and environmental services committee approved the Cleanfarms Inc. pilot project for recycling agricultural plastic in the county.
Huron-Kinloss council had requested additional information on the project, and at the Sept. 8 meeting, discussed a report from John Yungblut, director of public works.
The pilot project is aimed at determining how farmers currently manage plastics – bale wrap, twine, silage tarps and/or bags.
Farmers will be able to pick up collection bags at four sites in the county, fill the bags with material, and return them to the same sites. This is a three-year project that is open to everyone who uses plastic materials in the county. Participating in the pilot project are the Arran landfill in Tara, the Eastnor waste disposal site in Lion’s Head, Brant landfill in Elmwood and Greenock landfill in Chepstow.
There was discussion over whether people have to be residents of the municipalities where bags are picked up and returned; Deputy Mayor Don Murray asked Yungblut to get clarification.
“This could be a big deal,” he said, saying he knows people have been storing amounts of the material on their property.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times