Alberta government injects $750K into agricultural waste recycling pilot

A new pilot program launched by the province is looking at recycling agricultural plastics that would otherwise go up in flames or sit in a landfill. 

Alberta’s agriculture and forestry minister, Oneil Carlier, said the three-year program will help the province come up with the best ways to recycle waste like grain bags and twine.

“We’ve been hearing from the beginning of our term —and I suspect previous governments as well — [from] farmers [who] have been good stewards of their land, have been for generations,” he said.

“They wanna do their part to reduce waste, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So here’s an opportunity … to see what exactly we can do on that.”

Carlier said the current practice for many farmers is to burn waste on their farms or send it to landfill.

The $750,000 grant will be managed by Alberta Beef Producers, who will coordinate the recycling programs on behalf of the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG).

In a release, the APRG said they welcome the province’s commitment to the program. 

“The APRG will explore an on-the-ground assessment of [agricultural] plastics on the provincial landscape to support the environmentally sound end use of these materials,” said APRG chairman, Al Kemmere. 

Carlier said the project will determine the financials, logistics and operations of recycling agricultural plastics, which will likely inform future policy to address the problem.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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