Millions being poured into projects to manage farm waste

The federal government will be funding more than $4.5 million for five new projects that will improve plastic waste management and on-farm sustainability, and advance bioplastics research.

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, made the announcement alongside Cleanfarms, a national non-profit industry stewardship organization.

“Each across Canada, farms generate about 40,000 tons of plastic waste,” said Bibeau.

Cleanfarms will receive up to $1.1 million to develop a strategy to responsibly manage the estimated 60,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated on Canadian farms every year.

There will also be projects to help Canadian farmers “remain leaders in sustainable, climate-smart agriculture”.

“Our government is also investing over $2 million under innovations solutions Canada,” added Bibeau. “These funds will support advance testing for more sustainability produced mulch for Canada’s agriculture sector.”

Bibeau adds this funding will support farmers looking for ways to better manage their plastic waste, and help advance the necessary work to turn crop residues and other agricultural by-products into renewable energy.