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- May 15, 2020

Agricultural Recycling Programs

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Farm Plastic Recycling

** Due to COVID-19 outbreak County facilities are closed indefinitely. The Agricultural Plastics Collection Site is available via appointment only at this time. Please Call 403-994-0837, or email ag@mvcounty.com, and type "Ag Plastics Appointment" in the subject line, to arrange for a scheduled drop off time.

Please check back for updates or watch County social media for more.

The Farm Plastic Round-Up Program has been revised. Mountain View County has offered an Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program to farmers since 2007. While it is a program we have held with great pride it is having to undergo changes. The County’s program is faced with challenges due to the loss of the collection site, baler and reliable recycling stream.

You may have heard about the new Provincial Agricultural Plastics Pilot Program for grain bags and twine. Mountain View County’s program will now be focusing on twine, however, grain bags can be recycled at other participating locations. The previously offered monetary incentive is being used to offset the cost of the collection and processing.

At the Agricultural Services shop (next to the County Administration Building at 1408 Twp Rd 320) only bagged clean and dry twine will be accepted on scheduled collection dates. The collection site is open from 9:00am to 1:00pm the first and third Friday from April to October, see dates below:

  • April 3 - Cancelled Due to County Facility Closures
  • April 17 - Cancelled Due to County Facility Closures
  • May 1 - Cancelled Due to County Facility Closures
  • May 15 - By Appointment Only! Call 403-994-0837, or email ag@mvcounty.com, and type "Ag Plastics Appointment" in the subject line.
  • June 5 - By Appointment Only! Call 403-994-0837, or email ag@mvcounty.com, and type "Ag Plastics Appointment" in the subject line.
  • June 19
  • July 3
  • July 17
  • August 7
  • August 21
  • September 4
  • September 18
  • October 2
  • October 16

Please keep in mind twine must be free of hay, straw, mud, manure and debris. Twine must bagged in the clear plastic bags provided free of charge. Bags to collect the twine are available at the County Office and at the Agricultural Services shop.

Should twine for recycling not meet the acceptable contamination threshold, participants will be redirected to the Didsbury Landfill, and will be responsible for all costs for disposal.

If you have grain bags for recycling, under the Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle it! Program they can be brought to the Irricana Transfer Site. Please ensure that the grain bags are 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. Prepare grain bags by rolling and tying with twine. Please contact the Irricana collection site before dropping off material.  Contact Rocky View County at 403-230-1401 for more information on preparing grain bags for collection. Further information is available at the following website https://cleanfarms.ca/alberta-ag-plastic-recycle-it-program-details/

A grant program for rollers is available through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Producer Program under Agricultural Input and Waste Management. Contact Mountain View County Agricultural Services for more information.

Plastics NOT ACCEPTED under this program:

  • Netwrap
  • Hay tarps
  • Silage tarps

These plastics should not be burned or buried! Burning of plastics is illegal under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Mountain View County Fire Bylaw. Landfilling waste agricultural plastics is the only current option available until a recycling program is developed.

As the provincial Agricultural Plastics Recycling Pilot continues, hopes are for emerging and consistent agricultural plastic recycling markets.

For further information please contact Mountain View County Agricultural Service via email at ag@mvcounty.com or call 403-335-3311 during regular office hours.


Ag Wire Recycling

** Due to COVID-19 outbreak please call or email for hours and parameters of operation

Terra Metals - in conjunction with the Mountain View County Agricultural Service Board - collects barbed, strand, and page wire to be recycled at no cost to Mountain View County producers.

  • When - From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
  • Where - Terra Metals is located along Township Road 322 (Amerada Rd), west of Highway 2A, just past the gas plant entrance and before RR 20 intersection.
  • Website - http://terrametalsrecycling.com

Please note:

  • Wire must be free of debris (dirt, sod, posts)
  • All recyclable wire must be rolled as tightly as possible
  • Load wire separate from other metals

*** The rebate program with the Mountain View Regional Waste Management Commission at the Didsbury Landfill is no longer in effect. Producers will be charged for dropping off their wire at the landfill. 

For more information contact Terra Metals at 403-415-5097, or Lorelee Grattidge at Mountain View County, 403-335-3311 ext 163.


Empty Pesticide and Fertilizer Container Recycling

** Due to COVID-19 outbreak please exercise Social Distancing practicing while using facility.

Mountain View County has a recycling site for empty plastic pesticide chemical and fertilizer containers under 23 Litres in size. The site is located 0.5 miles west of Highway 2A on the Bergen Road (Twp Rd 320). Any County resident looking to recycle their plastic chemical containers, can drop them off inside the structure at the recycling site, free of charge.

Before recycling the plastic chemical containers, please remember to:

  • Remove the cap
  • Remove the booklet
  • Triple rinsed or pressure rinsed the container

Any cardboard packaging or paper booklets that are not contaminated with any chemical can be recycled. If there is any contamination please dispose of at the Didsbury Landfill.

To review Beneficial Management Practices for Alberta Farmsteads - Farmstead Waste Management, please click here.

Visit CleanFARMS® for details on their Empty Pesticide Container Collection Program.


For more information on Mountain View County's Agriculture Recycling Programs contact Sustainable Agricultural Specialist, Lorelee Grattidge at 403-994-0837 or lgrattidge@mvcounty.com.