Government extends recycling program

Times-Herald Staff
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The federal and provincial government’s have made an environmentally conscious decision.

Pictured are rolled up grain bags at the RM of Moose Jaw municipal compound.

Last week federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced a one year extension of the Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project. The program will cost $100,000.

“This will be the fourth year of a program that was intended to be temporary, said Stewart. “This extends the program one more year while the Ministry of the Environment develops a permanent solution for the program.

“It provides an environmentally sustainable option for hand-made materials. It’s better than if they are burnt or sent to the landfill,” said Rick Bjorge, assistant director of regional services branch for the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Grain Bag Recycling Pilot Project began in March 2011 and the Saskatchewan government estimates around 325,800 kg of plastic (2,172 bags) and 6,600 kg of twine have been recycled.

“The ministry wanted to provide an option for people to dispose of their products,” said Bjorge. "It was based on increasing use of grain bags and then of course this year there has been more bags because of a record crop.”

The pilot project will end in March of 2015, but at that time Bjorge expects there to be a permanent program put in place.

“It will be similar in approach to other stewardship programs operating the province for products such as used oil, scrap tires, waste paint and waste electronics,” said Bjorge.

Moose Jaw and area farmers can recycle their bags at the RM of Moose Jaw municipal compound, located on Norwood Avenue on the North Service Road. If you would like to recycle grain bags or twine first call Tammy Myers at 691-3399.

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, North Service

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Norwood Avenue

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