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


September 29, 2017 – British Columbia farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 3 through 19, 2017.

In partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), Cleanfarms, an industry-led, national not-for-profit environmental stewardship organization, is offering this program at no cost to farmers.

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.

“British Columbia farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with Cleanfarms to safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications,” says Stan Vander Waal, chair of the British Columbia Agriculture Council. “The Cleanfarms collection program provides an excellent one-stop service for British Columbia farmers to continue to protect the land.”

Farmers in British Columbia have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, British Columbia farmers have turned in more than 282,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides since program inception, and 47,000 kilograms during last collection in 2014 and 2015. Farmers across the province also turned in more than 500 kilograms of livestock medication in 2014 and 2015.

“British Columbia has a history of successful collections,” says Barry Friesen, general manager of Cleanfarms. “The participation of British Columbia 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 4 p.m. on the dates specified:



October 3, 2017

Capital Regional District Hartland Landfill

1 Hartland Avenue

T: 250-360-3030



October 4, 2017 Bings Creek Recycling Centre

3900 Drinkwater Road

T: 250-746-2540



October 5, 2017 Comox Valley Waste Management Centre 3699 Bevan Road Cumberland

T: 250-334-6000



October 10 and 11, 2017 Crop Production Services Evergro

7430 Hopcott Road

T: 604-940-0290



October 17 and 18, 2017

Univar Agriculture 3256 McCallum Road

T: 604-859-4919



October 19, 2017 Squamish-Lilloett Regional District Transfer Station 1947 Carpenter Road

T: 604-894-6371 Ext. 236


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