Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

CleanFARMS Expands Programming to Seed and Pesticide Bags

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:26 am, October 28th, 2015Comments1

Canada’s leading agricultural stewardship organization, CleanFARMS, is expanding its stewardship programming. Starting in 2016, Eastern Canadian farmers will have access to a seed and pesticide bag collection program that will help keep these bags out of municipal landfills.

This program draws its roots in the Maritimes where farmers, ag-retailers and stewards have been working together to collect and safely dispose of empty pesticide bags since 2006. The program then moved west to Ontario and Quebec where it was offered on a pilot basis in select regions from 2012 – 2015.

The program will collect both small pesticide and seed bags (typically under 30 kilograms) and bigger bulk bags. The small bags are generally made of multi-walled paper though some manufacturers are using other materials such as plastic and plastic laminates. Most bulk bags (mainly 500 kg and 1000 kg) bags are made of woven poly-propylene plastic.

Empty bags will be accepted back at the point of purchase which gives farmers easily accessible collection points. They are then disposed of through waste to energy incineration facilities. As the program grows, CleanFARMS hopes to move higher up on the 3Rs hierarchy by recycling of the bags. The key to recycling some of these bags will be to ensure a consistent and adequate supply of the bags.

CleanFARMS and its predecessor CropLife Canada, on behalf of the agricultural industry, have been operating extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for over 25 years. This new program shows that the agricultural industry embraces EPR and incorporates the practice as normal business practice.

In 2014, 197,000 bags were collected through the program. This is in addition to the 4.5 million containers that came through CleanFARMS’ award-winning empty pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program. To round off 2014, 224,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and 5,000 kilograms of obsolete livestock medication were collected and safely destroyed.

CleanFARMS now joins agricultural stewardship organizations around the world offering EPR programs on a voluntary basis with results rivalling most regulated programs.

Visit here for more information.

Photo supplied by CleanFARMS.

 

GlobalPSC Member – CleanFARMS Inc.

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:57 am, July 8th, 2014Comments4

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CleanFARMS Inc. is Canada’s leading agricultural industry stewardship organisation, best known for its empty pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program and obsolete pesticide collection campaign. CleanFARMS is currently expanding its stewardship programming to include other types of agricultural waste such as seed and pesticide bags, obsolete equine & livestock medications and other ag-waste plastics and packaging generated on the farm. CleanFARMS’ long term goal is to develop new programs for reclaiming and recycling a wider variety of ag-waste packaging.

CleanFARMS is proud to have the support of the Canadian crop protection and fertilizer industries who make up the majority of its members. Its member companies are seen as world leaders who incorporate extended producer responsibility into their core business planning and who make significant contributions to sustainable agriculture. Other partners include volunteer collection sites, grower groups, the animal health industry, the Canadian product stewardship community and, most importantly, Canadian farmers who are its front line stewards.

2013 was a significant year for the organization when the empty pesticide and fertiliser container program, which has been operating since 1989, collected its 100th million container. This program boasts a return rate of 60 – 65% and is regarded as one of Canada’s highest performing voluntary stewardship programs.

Starting in 2016, Eastern Canadian farmers will have access to a seed and pesticide bag collection program that will help keep these bags out of municipal landfills.

Learn more here.

 

New Zealand Priority Waste Streams for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:34 pm, June 2nd, 2014Comments0

New Zealand’s Minister for the Environment, the Hon Amy Adams MP, released a discussion paper on potential prioritisation for product stewardship under New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA). The Minister’s media release is available here.

The discussion paper released raises the possibility and rationale for designating some or all of the following four products as priority products under the WMA:

  • electrical and electronic equipment (commonly referred to as e-waste or WEEE)
  • tyres
  • agricultural chemicals and farm plastics
  • refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Consultation will be open until 2 July 2014. Detail on consultation workshops in NZ is available here. Following the consultation, the costs and benefits of a range of options and additional stakeholder input will be considered.

New Zealand’s focus has traditionally been on voluntary product stewardship approaches, and 11 voluntary product stewardship schemes have been accredited to date. An overview of the accredited schemes in included in the discussion paper.

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GlobalPSC Corporate Member – 3R Group

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:06 am, November 29th, 2013Comments2

3R Group is a leader in the design, implementation and management of product stewardship programmes in New Zealand.  3R develops robust solutions for real world situations, turning waste into resource, problem into opportunity.

3R excel at industry collaboration, bringing together disparate views in competitive markets.  With extensive networks within government, international product stewardship, and the business community, including leadership roles within Sustainable Business Council NZ, 3R’s reach far exceeds their size.

3R works closely with leading New Zealand and international companies, creating and managing effective and innovative solutions which help these organisations meet the demands of building sustainable businesses.

3R Company Profile

3R is programme manager for Agrecovery Rural Recycling, Resene PaintWise and Dulux Paint and Packaging Take Back Programme.

3R is project manager for Tyrewise.

AgStewardship Australia’s drumMUSTER Program Collects Its 20 Millionth Drum

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:53 pm, September 19th, 2012Comments1

 

 

 

 

 

AgStewardship Australia’s drumMUSTER program has recently collected its 20 millionth drum. Background on this milestone is available here. More detailed information on drumMUSTER and the 20 millionth drum is available here.

AgStewardship Australia is a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. We greatly appreciate their involvement and congratulate them on their ongoing activities.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Plasback

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:10 pm, August 21st, 2012Comments2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce the latest Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, Plasback.

Tapex are a Sydney-based plastics manufacturer and a major supplier of fodder conservation plastic to the rural sector in Australia and New Zealand.

Tapex are committed to successfully manage for a better environment, add business value through sustainable practices and to accepting producer responsibility for their products even after they leave Tapex’s premises.

In 2006, Tapex (through its subsidiary Agpac) launched a voluntary product stewardship program for silage wrap in New Zealand. The scheme now collects over 1000 tonnes a year of plastics for reprocessing.

In 2010 Tapex launched the Plasback product stewardship program in Australia and the New Zealand program was rebranded Plasback.

In April 2010 Plasback became the first government accredited rural product stewardship scheme in New Zealand.

Plasback in both countries collects and recycles a range of farm plastics, not just their own but all brands. They can achieve this through the support of government, industry and the rural community.

Tapex are a participant in the NSW government Sustainability Advantage program and the PACIA (Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association) Sustainability Leadership Framework.

www.plasback.co.nz      www.plasback.com.au

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