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Agricultural plastics recycling to be discussed by Lower Mainland local governments

District of Kent to bring forward a resolution on recycling to the LMLGA convention this March
Kent Agricultural Plastics Recycling collects two containers (pictured) of plastics about three to four times a year from farmers in the Agassiz area. (Nina Grossman/The Observer)

The District of Kent is hoping that a resolution at the Lower Mainland Local Government Association convention will help spur the provincial government into developing a recycling program for agricultural plastics.

The resolution requests that Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change make the creation of a recycling program for agricultural plastics a priority.

Kent Agricultural Plastics Recycling has had to bring its latest collection of agricultural plastics to the dump, after the organization could not find a recycling depot that would take it.

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The resolution will be discussed at the online Lower Mainland Local Government Association convention in mid-March. If the resolution is endorsed, it will be sent on to the Union of B.C. Municipalities for possible support from communities across the province.

In addition to sending the resolution to the local government association, the district will also be participating in a workshop hosted by CleanFarms.

The organization already works with agricultural plastic recycling programs in other parts of the country, and is hoping to help bring a zero-waste strategy to B.C.

The Agricultural Plastics Committee will be participating virtually.

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