Eastern Ontario farmers still have two opportunities to recycle plastic stretch wrap used to wrap large hay bales.
Collection days have been set up at the North Dundas Landfill site, on Boyne Road between Chesterville and Winchester, and in the Renfrew area at Baron's Disposal, Mineview Road, Haley Station, from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., June 17.
A recycling station was set up in Alexandria Wed., June 7.
Farmers must pre-register the estimated number of plastic wraps they expect to bring to the two locations so that the volumes to be handled can be estimated, according to Ryan MacKenzie of OMAFRA's Kemptville office.
Collected plastic is recycled into plastic lumber, silo covers and garbage bags.
Farmers are asked to clean the wraps as much as possible and to make sure they are dry to reduce handling costs. Wraps should be separated by colour and material, the ministry asks.
Farmers should shake the wraps to remove excess baylage, dirt and other foreign matter. Wraps containing more than five per cent non-plastic material by weight will not be accepted at the collection stations.
It should be stored indoors to prevent Ultra Violet degradation.
"Farmers continue to increase their use of plastics to store forage and high moisture grain crops. Developing an effective recycling program will help farmers increase their on-farm stewardship, reduce the long-term costs to rural landfills and reduce the operator health risk of illegal burning of farm plastics," says OMAFRA rural-environmental engineer Steve Clarke.
To register for the North Dundas collection site contact McKenzie at 613-258-8295.
In the Renfrew area register by calling Government Information Services at 613-432-4841.