Ag Plastics Recycling

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Farmers and producers in the Barrhead region can now recycle grain bags and twine under the Alberta Ag-Plastic Recycle It! pilot program.
The County of Barrhead, together with Westlock County, Woodlands County and the MD of Lesser Slave River partnered with Neeralta Manufacturing Inc. and the Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission (WRWMC) on an application to be part of the Alberta Ag Plastics Recycling Pilot.  Due to the nature of the partnership, the submission was selected as one of 20 locations throughout the province for this new Recycle It! program.
To view the Alberta Ag Plastics presentation, please click here

Why recycle?

Processing recycled plastic is not a new concept; however, it is not yet well-established in Alberta.  Currently, farmers are faced with the challenge of disposing ag plastics otherwise left in their yards or filling landfills.  Recycling ag plastics ensures that these materials are disposed of properly.  Environmental stewardship ensures the health of our environment and our farms for years to come.
Can the Ag Sector achieve zero plastic waste on the farm? Find out here

What are We Recycling and Where?

To ensure accessibility to farmers within the region, the main collection site at Neeralta Manufacturing is in the north end of the County of Barrhead, which is central to the four municipalities.  Neeralta will only be collecting rolled, clean grain bags.
The second collection site, located at the Westlock Regional Landfill and operated by the WRWMC, will focus on the collection and bailing of twine.
Twine collection bags are currently available at the County of Barrhead Administration Office and Westlock County Office.

 Neeralta Manufacturing


 Westlock Regional Landfill

 3216A Hwy 662, County of Barrhead, AB
 (866) 497-5338
 59424 Range Rd 262, Westlock, AB
 (780) 307-2456


 Grain Bags


Follow these 3 steps to ensure that your used grain bags can be accepted and recycled:
Follow these 3 steps to ensure that your used twine can be accepted and recycled:
  1. Shake - Remove debris; grain bags need to be as clean as possible with care to remove as much organic material (spoilage, dirt, etc.) before or during rolling.  Excessively dirty or loose/unrolled bags may be rejected, or subject to a landfill tipping fee or additional charges at drop off.
  2. Roll - Prepare grain bags by rolling and tying with twine.  Contact Neeralta Manufacturing for information on what is being collected and on rolling your grain bags.
  3. Return - Please contact Neeralta prior to dropping off material.

  1. Shake - Remove as much debris, snow or ice as possible.  Excessively dirty twine may be rejected, or subject to a landfill tipping fee or additional charges at drop off.
  2. Bag - Place loose twine in a Cleanfarms recycling bag and tie bags to close.  Please do not knot the twine.  Cleanfarms recycling bags are available at the collection sites and at the County of Barrhead Administration Office and Westlock County Office. 
  3. Return - Return to the Westlock Regional Landfill.  Please call your collection site before dropping off material to confirm hours of operation or if assistance is required.

 What's In & What's Out for Grain Bags


What's In & What's Out for Twine 

 Rolled grain bags
Unrolled grain bags
All other bags/silage films or bags
Silage tarps 
   Twine placed in a recycling bag
Net wrap or netting
Bale/silage wrap

Frequently Asked Questions

Neeralta Manufacturing will only accept grain bags.
Westlock Regional Landfill will only accept twine.
Unfortunately, recycling markets are not currently available for these items.
Yes.  Please note that the bag will be inspected to ensure that only twine is brought into a collection site.