A new pilot program being introduced by the Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) will enable Prince Edward Island farmers to easily and efficiently recycle used silage wrap.
“As a former farmer, I know how difficult it can be to dispose of used silage wrap,” Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey stated. “By recycling this material, farmers are provided with a low-cost disposal solution, while improving the environment by minimizing the need to send plastic waste to landfill. Recycling this wrap will help ensure this valuable product is used in a sustainable way.”
The agricultural community produces a significant amount of used silage wrap annually. Over the past several years, there have been a number of attempts to recycle the material but markets were difficult to secure. Those markets have improved and that prompted IWMC to launch the pilot program. Silage wrap can be recycled into a wide range of plastic products including buoys, boat bumpers and plastic lumber, and is used in the manufacturing process for composite flooring.
Farmers may take half ton truck loads at no cost to any of IWMC’s Waste Watch Drop-Off Centers located in Brockton, Wellington Centre, New London, Dingwells Mills, Murray River and the GreenIsle recycling depot in Charlottetown. In order for silage wrap to be recycled, it is important that it be reasonably clean and free of contaminants such as string, excessive clay, sod, rocks and other material.
“This pilot program is an excellent solution to a problem that has existed for a number of years,” said Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster.
IWMC is encouraging farmers to get involved by shaking the plastic wrap to remove as many contaminants as possible when the silage is first unwrapped, and to store the material where it can remain dry. Silage wrap contaminated with excessive mud, silage and other materials will be subject to disposal fees. Farming operations with stockpiles or those having large volumes of wrap to dispose of should contact IWMC to make special arrangements.
For more information on silage recycling, contact IWMC at www.iwmc.pe.ca.