Cleanfarms wins two prestigious awards

Etobicoke, ON, November 10, 2016 – Barry Friesen, General Manager of Cleanfarms Inc. has been named Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year by the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA). Now in its fourth year, the OWMA awards recognize individuals for their outstanding contribution and leadership in the waste services industry in Canada.

“I’m deeply honoured to receive this recognition,” said Friesen. “I look forward to continuing to lead a meaningful dialogue about environmental responsibility, and contributing to sustainable waste management in Canada.”

Since 2009, Friesen developed the Cleanfarms organization from its incorporation to what it is today – a non-profit stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Under his direction, Cleanfarms programs have earned a reputation of excellence around the world.

“The OWMA is extremely pleased to recognize Barry Friesen for his vision and leadership,” said Peter Hargreave, OWMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Over the course of his career, Barry has demonstrated exceptional dedication to environmental responsibility.”

Friesen’s experience in waste-resource management spans over two decades. His enthusiasm for waste diversion was first demonstrated at the Nova Scotia Department of Environment where he assisted the province in achieving its 50 per cent waste diversion goal. As Director of Waste Management at the Niagara Region, Friesen brought in new standards and measures to ensure that all composting operations are environmentally sustainable.

Winners from the private and public sector were recognized at the Canadian Waste to Resource Conference on November 9, 2016 in Toronto.

Regional Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Award

Cleanfarms was recently honoured with a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, in part due to its enhanced Ontario programming, which now includes province-wide empty seed and pesticide bag collections.

“Our team is thrilled to see innovative agriculture waste management programming like ours being recognized as an important component of Ontario’s agricultural sector,” said Friesen.

Now in its tenth year, this awards program supports and recognizes the dedication, hard work and innovation of local agri-food businesses and individuals who are adding value to existing products, helping create jobs and contributing to economic growth.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s winners of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence,” said Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Their commitment to creativity and innovative leaders further strengthens Ontario’s world-class agri-food sector and contributes to our province’s continued economic growth.”

About Cleanfarms Inc.

Cleanfarms Inc. is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization led by the plant science industry that is committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Our programs manage agricultural plastic and other inorganic waste from farms across Canada and have earned a reputation of excellence around the world. We work together with farmers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, municipalities and provinces to create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.

For more information, please contact: Maja Begovic, Communications Officer, media@cleanfarms.ca
416-622-4460 ext. 2222

Manitoba farmers are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

WINNIPEG, MB, Oct. 24, 2016 /CNW/ – Manitoba farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 24-28.

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), is offering this program at no cost to farmers.

“This is an excellent opportunity for producers to dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications,” says Dan Mazier, President of Keystone Agricultural Producers. “It’s a way to protect ourselves, our families and the environment – and I urge all producers to participate.”

Farmers in Manitoba have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Manitoba farmers have turned in more than 219,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides.

“Manitoba has a history of successful collections,” says Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. “The participation of Manitoba farmers shows they are good stewards of their land and committed to protecting the environment.”

After collection, the pesticides and medications are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following locations will be accepting obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the dates specified:

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • Richardson Pioneer in Swan River, 204-238-4237
  • Crop Production Services in Arborg, 204-376-5990
  • Acropolis Warehousing Ltd in Brandon, 204-729-8554

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • Dauphin Co-op in Dauphin, 204-622-6080
  • Marquette Consumers Co-operative Ltd in Marquette, 204-375-6570
  • Redfern Farmer Services Ltd in Virden, 204-748-1122
  • GJ Chemical Company Ltd in Altona, 204-324-8090

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Jackson Seeds Ltd in Inglis, 204-564-2293
  • Crop Production Services in Beausejour, 204-268-3497
  • Crop Production Services in Deloraine, 204-747-2877
  • GJ Chemical Company Ltd in Arnaud, 204-427-2337

Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • Richardson Pioneer in Shoal Lake, 204-759-2917
  • Richardson Pioneer in Steinbach, 204-326-4483
  • Bestland Air Ltd in Starbuck, 204-735-2258
  • Double Diamond Farm Supply in Snowflake, 204-876-4557

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • Crop Production Services in Gladstone, 204-385-2349
  • Paterson Grain in Niverville, 204-388-6565
  • Paterson Grain in Holland, 204-526-2240
  • Portage Co-op (Austin Agro) in Portage La Prairie, 204-637-3030

The obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program is a national program that comes to each province every three years. In between collections periods, farmers are asked to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

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Obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medications collection coming to Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB

Farmers in Manitoba are invited to turn in their obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications on the dates and at the locations specified below for safe disposal.

Collection sites will be open on the days specified from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photographers and reporters are welcome to coordinate with Maja Begovic to visit the drop off locations:

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • Richardson Pioneer in Swan River, 204-238-4237
  • Crop Production Services in Arborg, 204-376-5990
  • Acropolis Warehousing Ltd in Brandon, 204-729-8554

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • Dauphin Co-op in Dauphin, 204-622-6080
  • Marquette Consumers Co-operative Ltd in Marquette, 204-375-6570
  • Redfern Farm Services Ltd in Virden, 204-748-1122
  • GJ Chemical Company Ltd in Altona, 204-324-8090

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Jackson Seeds Ltd in Inglis, 204-564-2293
  • Crop Production Services in Beausejour, 204-268-3497
  • Crop Production Services in Deloraine, 204-747-2877
  • GJ Chemical Company Ltd in Arnaud, 204-427-2337

Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • Richardson Pioneer in Shoal Lake, 204-759-2917
  • Richardson Pioneer in Steinbach, 204-326-4483
  • Bestland Air Ltd in Starbuck, 204-735-2258
  • Double Diamond Farm Supply in Snowflake, 204-876-4557

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • Crop Production Services in Gladsone, 204-385-2349
  • Paterson Grain in Niverville, 204-388-6565
  • Paterson Grain in Holland, 204-526-2240
  • Portage Co-op in Portage La Prairie, 204-637-3030

CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization, has partnered with CropLife Canada and the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to deliver this program to Manitoba farmers. The plant science and animal health industries are committed to safely and responsibly collecting and disposing of obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications at no cost to farmers.

 

For more information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca or call 1-877-622-4460.

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

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Newfoundland farmers are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

ST. JOHN’S, NL

Newfoundland farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 18-20.

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, is offering this program at no cost to farmers.

“The members of the Canadian Animal Health Institute were pleased to participate in this important program.  It demonstrates our industry’s commitment to safely managing animal medications throughout their lifecycle,” says Jean Szkotnicki, President of CAHI.  “We were pleased to partner with CleanFARMS by providing Newfoundland and Labrador’slivestock and equine community with this service for the first time.”

Farmers in Newfoundland have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Newfoundland farmers have turned in more than 4,300 kilograms of obsolete pesticides. This year is the first time in Newfoundland livestock and equine medications have been added to the program.

“Newfoundland has a history of successful collections,” said Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. “The participation of Newfoundland farmers shows they are good stewards of their land and committed to protecting the environment.”

After collection, the pesticides and medications are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following locations will be accepting obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the dates specified:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Foxtrap

  • Department of Transportation and Works Depot, 0.5 km N of Trans-Canada/Foxtrap Access Road on Incinerator Road

Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Lewisporte

  • Department of Transportation and Works Depot, 6 km N of Trans-Canada/Route 340 intersection on Route 340

Thursday, October 20, 2016: Deer Lake

  • Department of Transportation and Works Depot, 74 Old Bonne Bay Road

The obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program is a national program that comes to each province every three years. In between collections periods, farmers are asked to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

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Obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medications collection coming to Alberta

EDMONTON, AB

Farmers in Alberta are invited to turn in their obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications on the dates and at the locations specified below for safe disposal.

Collection sites will be open on the days specified from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photographers and reporters are welcome to coordinate with Maja Begovic to visit the drop off locations:

Monday, October 3                        

  • Central Alberta Co-op in Innisfail, 403-505-1467
  • Edberg Crop Management in Edberg, 780-877-0003
  • Crop Production Services in Westlock, 780-349-4525
  • Crop Production Services in Smoky Lake, 780-656-4343

Tuesday, October 4                        

  • Richardson Pioneer in Provost, 780-753-2511
  • Alliance Seed Cleaning Association in Alliance, 780-879-3927
  • Parkland Fertilizers in Lacombe, 780-782-2232
  • Neerlandia Co-op in Barrhead, 780-674-2820

Wednesday October 5 

  • Andrukow Group Solutions in Saint Paul, 780-645-5915
  • Richardson Pioneer in Lavoy, 780-658-2408
  • McEwen’s Fuels & Fertilizers in Athabasca, 780-675-9500
  • Crop Production Services in Camrose, 780-672-3025

Thursday, October 6                      

  • Crop Production Services in Vermilion, 780-853-4711
  • North Corridor Co-op in Thorhild, 780-398-3975
  • Leduc Co-op in Leduc, 780-986-3000
  • Andrukow Group Solutions in Wainwright, 780-842-3306

Friday, October 7                            

  • Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers in Legal, 780-961-3088
  • Andrukow Group Solutions in Viking, 780-336-3180
  • UFA in Drayton Valley, 780-621-0313
  • Crop Production Services in Lloydminster, 780-871-4601

CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization, has partnered with CropLife Canada and the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to deliver this program to Alberta farmers. The plant science and animal health industries are committed to safely and responsibly collecting and disposing of obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications at no cost to farmers.

For more information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca or call 1-877-622-4460.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

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Farmers in Alberta and British Columbia are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB

Farmers from the Peace Region of Alberta and British Columbia are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from September 21-23. This program is offered at no cost to farmers.

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and CropLife Canada to provide this free program.

“We are pleased with the success of our collection programs in the past,” says Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. “It’s clear that Peace Region farmers are committed to the environment and to doing the right thing.”

Farmers in the Peace Region have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, area farmers have turned in over 40,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides.

“Alberta farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with CleanFARMS to safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications,” says Shannon Scofield, Executive Director of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. “The CleanFARMS collection program provides an excellent one-stop service for Alberta farmers to continue to protect the land.”

This year will be the first that CleanFARMS will be collecting livestock and equine medications as part of the collection program in the Peace Region. After collection, the pesticides and medications are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following locations will be accepting obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the dates specified:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Crop Production Services in Fort St John, BC, 250-785-3445
  • Dunvegan Ag Solutions in Rycroft, AB, 780-765-2865

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • Richardson Pioneer in Dawson Creek, BC , 250-782-9264
  • Richardson Pioneer in Manning, AB, 780-836-2771

Friday, September 23, 2016

  • UFA in Fairview, AB, 780-835-2288
  • Crop Production Services in High Prairie, AB, 780-523-3266

The obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program is a national program that comes to each province every three years. In between collection periods, farmers are asked to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

CTV News London profiles Ontario obsolete collections

Watch a CTV News London profile of the Ontario obsolete collections program.

 

 

Obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medications collection coming to Peace Region

GRAND PRAIRIE, AB

Farmers in the Peace Region of Alberta and British Columbia are invited to turn in their obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications on the dates and at the locations specified below for safe disposal.

Collection sites will be open on the days specified from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photographers and reporters are welcome to coordinate with Maja Begovic to visit the drop off locations:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Crop Production Services in Fort St John, BC, 250-785-3445
  • Dunvegan Ag Solutions in Rycroft, AB, 780-765-2865

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • Richardson Pioneer in Dawson Creek, BC, 250-782-9264
  • Richardson Pioneer in Manning, AB, 780-836-2771

Friday, September 23, 2016

UFA in Fairview, AB, 780-835-2288

  • Crop Production Services in High Prairie, AB 780-523-3266

CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization, has partnered with CropLife Canada and the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to deliver this program to Peace Region and British Columbia farmers. The plant science and animal health industries are committed to safely and responsibly collecting and disposing of obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications at no cost to farmers.

For more information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca or call 1-877-622-4460.

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Obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medications collection coming to Ontario

TORONTO, ON

Farmers in Ontario are invited to turn in their obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications on the dates and at the locations specified below for safe disposal.

Collection sites will be open on the days specified from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photographers and reporters are welcome to coordinate with Maja Begovic to visit the drop off locations:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

  • Hoegy’s Farm Supply in Brodhagen
  • Woodrill Farms in Guelph
  • Parrish & Heimbecker in Glencoe

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Brussels Agromart in Brussels
  • Hensall District Co-op in Ailsa Craig
  • Max Underhill’s Farm Supply in Aylmer

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • NM Bartlett in Beamsville
  • Lakeside Grain & Feed Ltd in Forest
  • GROWMARK Inc in Kitchener

Monday, September 26, 2016

  • Hagerty Creek in Bothwell
  • Alliance Agri-Turf in Alliston
  • Sprucedale Agromart in Tara
  • Good Crop Services in New Hamburg
  • Munro Agromart in Lancaster

Tuesday, September 27

  • Agris Co-op in Tupperville
  • Clark Agri Service in Wellandport
  • Bradford Co-op in Bradford
  • Huron Bay Co-op in Walkerton
  • Synagri in Alfred

Wednesday, September 28

  • South West Ag Partners in Pain Court
  • Cargill in Princeton
  • Sunderland Co-op in Oakwood
  • Cargill in Harriston
  • Agro Culture 2001 in Casselman

Thursday, September 29

  • Thompsons in Blenheim
  • Alliance Agri-Turf in Bolton
  • TCO Agromart in Trenton
  • Huron Bay Co-op in Dundalk
  • Synagri in Richmond

September 27-29

  • Verner Ag Centre in Verner
  • Northland Agromart in Gore Bay
  • M&R Feeds and Farm Supply in Pembroke
  • M&R Feeds and Farm Supply in Arnprior
  • Temiskaming Ag Centre in Thornloe
  • Thunder Bay Co-op in Thunder Bay

Friday, September 30

  • Cargill in Courtland
  • Holmes Agro in Orangeville
  • County Farm Centre in Picton
  • Agris Co-op in Leamington
  • Synagri in Chesterville

CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization, has partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to fund the collection program with support from CropLife Canada,  Ontario Agri Business Association, Farm & Food Care Ontario, and the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association to deliver this program to Ontario farmers. The plant science and animal health industries are committed to safely and responsibly collecting and disposing of obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications at no cost to farmers.

For more information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca or call 1-877-622-4460.

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

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CBC Saskatoon talks to Barry Friesen

The following article was written by Eric Anderson for CBC News

Company recycling pesticide and fertilizer containers takes aim at Sask. farms

Barry Friesen wants Saskatchewan farms to be as green as possible, and he’s spreading his message this week at the Farm Progress Show in Regina.

Friesen is the general manager of CleanFARMS, a not-for-profit company from Ontario that specializes in managing agricultural waste.

“We collect both pesticide and fertilizer containers for recycling and we also have an obsolete pesticide and animal health mitigation collection program,” Friesen explained.

The CleanFARMS programs works by having farmers return their obsolete chemicals, which they no longer use, to designated drop-off locations. The company then safely disposes of the products, free of charge.

Friesen sees the company filling an important need.

“Farmers are great hoarders, so to speak. They want to use everything they have and they don’t want to give it away. You find that after a few — maybe even 10 or 15 years — they have this stuff in their back shed that they were going to use but they find out that it’s something that they can’t use. So they want to get rid of it.”

The company gives instructions to those farmers who are returning old containers. (Twitter)

Listening to farmers

It seems Saskatchewan farmers are making the most of this program. In 2015, 90 tonnes of material was returned to drop-off locations throughout the province. In the past two years, the total has grown to 182 tonnes.

The waste is destroyed through high temperature incineration.

Friesen is hoping CleanFARMS — which is funded by farm chemical manufacturers — can improve its business by speaking with Saskatchewan farmers this week in Regina.

“It’s interesting to hear more from farmers and what their needs are. How farming practices are changing, and how we can evolve to better meet their needs.”

Source:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/company-recycling-pesticide-and-fertilizer-containers-takes-aim-at-sask-farms-1.3632598