Newfoundland farmers return more than 900 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

ST JOHN, NL

Farmers in Newfoundland turned in 703 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides, and 278 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign in 2016.

Collections took place at three municipal locations in Foxtrap, Lewisporte and Deer Lake from October 18-20, 2016. The initiative is part of a program run by CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led waste stewardship organization.

This marked the first time that a combined collection of pesticides and livestock medications has been offered in Newfoundland. CleanFARMS partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to add the collection of livestock and equine medications to CleanFARMS’ existing program.

“The members of the Canadian Animal Health Institute were pleased to participate in this important program,” said Jean Szkotnicki, president of CAHI. “It demonstrates our industry’s commitment to safely manage animal medications throughout their lifecycle. We were pleased to partner with CleanFARMS to provide livestock and equine community with this service.”

Farmers in Newfoundland have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Newfoundland farmers have turned in more than 5,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides – which is a testament to their environmental commitment.

“This year’s collection was a great success thanks to the commitment of Newfoundland farmers and participating collection sites,” said Barry Friesen, CleanFARMS’ general manager. “The farmers’ continued dedication to the obsolete collections program proves their commitment to protecting the environment and making responsible decisions on the farm.”

The obsolete collection program is generally delivered in each province or region of the country every three years and comes at no cost to farmers. The next time the free disposal program will be delivered will be in the fall of 2019. In between collections, farmers are encouraged to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

The obsolete collection program is part of the plant science and animal health industry’s commitment to the responsible lifecycle management of their products.

For more information, please visit www.cleanfarms.ca.

For further information: Maja Begovic, communications officer, (416) 622-4460 x2222, media@cleanfarms.ca

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Manitoba farmers return more than 54,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

WINNIPEG, MB

Farmers in Manitoba returned 53,000 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 1,800 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign in 2016.

CleanFARMS, which operates the program, is a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization. Collections took place at 19 participating ag-retail locations throughout the province from October 24-28, 2016. This is the fourth collection program CleanFARMS has run in the province.

This marked the second time that a combined collection of pesticides and livestock medications has been offered in Manitoba. CleanFARMS partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to add the collection of livestock and equine medications to CleanFARMS’ existing obsolete pesticide collection program.

“The CleanFARMS collection program provides farmers with an environmentally responsible way to dispose of unused or expired pesticides and livestock medications, and we look forward to more opportunities to be able to do this,” said Dan Mazier, president of the Keystone Agricultural Producers. “Farmers in Manitoba are committed to protecting the environment, and the high number of participants in this program is just another example of our efforts.”

Manitoba farmers have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Manitoba farmers have returned more than 272,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides.

“We are pleased with the success of this program in Manitoba,” said Barry Friesen, CleanFARMS’ general manager. “Manitoba farmers’ continued dedication to the obsolete collection program proves their commitment to protecting the environment and making responsible decisions on the farm.”

The obsolete collection program is generally delivered in each province or region of the country every three years and comes at no cost to farmers. The program will return to Manitoba in fall 2019.

In between collections, farmers are encouraged to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

The obsolete collection program is part of the plant science and animal health industry’s commitment to the responsible lifecycle management of their products.

For more information, please visit www.cleanfarms.ca

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

For further information: Maja Begovic, Communications Officer, (416) 622-4460 x2222 | begovicm@cleanfarms.ca

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Ontario farmers safely dispose of more than 138,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

TORONTO, ON

Farmers in Ontario returned 125,981 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 12,080 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign this year.

CleanFARMS, which operates the program, is a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization. Collections took place at 40 participating ag-retail locations throughout the province from September 20-30, 2016. This is the fourth collection program CleanFARMS has run in the province. This marked the third time that a combined collection of pesticides and livestock medications has been offered in Ontario. CleanFARMS partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to offer the collection of livestock and equine medications to CleanFARMS’ existing program.

“Ontario farmers care about the environment and are keen to responsibly manage waste from their farms,” said Craig Hunter, manager of research and crop protection with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA). “Our members have been taking part since the first disposal program was made available to them. We applaud CleanFARMS and industry for continuing such a valued program that provides a one-stop service to safely manage unused or expired pesticides and livestock medications.”

Ontario farmers have a long history of good stewardship practices and have been participating in the obsolete collections program since 1999 – which is a testament to their environmental commitment. The program last came to Ontario in 2013, when more than 128,000 kilograms of product was collected from farmers and safely disposed of.

“This year’s collection was a great success thanks to the commitment of Ontario farmers and participating ag-retail collection sites,” said Barry Friesen, CleanFARMS’ general manager.

“CleanFARMS is proud to offer collection programs that ensure unwanted and obsolete pesticides, as well as livestock and equine medications, can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.”

The obsolete collection program is generally delivered in each province or region of the country every three years and comes at no cost to farmers. The program will be delivered in again in the fall of 2019. In between collections, farmers are encouraged to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

Funding for a portion of the Ontario obsolete collection was funded under the Canada – Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health which is administered in part by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The obsolete collection program is part of the plant science and animal health industry’s commitment to the responsible lifecycle management of their products.

For more information, please visit www.cleanfarms.ca.

For further information: Maja Begovic, Communications Officer, (416) 622-4460 x2222, begovicm@cleanfarms.ca

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Saskatchewan grain bag recycling to get a boost from CleanFARMS

SASKATOON, SK

CleanFARMS is gearing up for a busy 2017. In Saskatchewan, we have a new project underway to develop a province-wide industry-funded, recycling program for grain bags.

Currently, farmers have access to a government-funded pilot program which will continue until the end of 2017. The move towards a more permanent, industry-funded program will provide improved access and convenience to farmers.

One of our first tasks is to bring together Saskatchewan’s various farm organizations, municipalities and recycling and watershed groups by re-engaging the Saskatchewan Agricultural Stewardship Council (SASC) Advisory Committee.

The SASC Advisory Committee, a multi-stakeholder committee that provided input to earlier government consultations on ag plastics, will be asked to provide feedback as we prepare for a 2018 launch date.

Saskatchewan farmers and municipalities have recycled an impressive 2.5 million kilograms of ag plastics since 2011. In August 2016, The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations were introduced, which requires stewards to develop a recycling program for agricultural grain bags.

This aligns well with CleanFARMS’ current suite of industry-led programs that help farmers recycle empty pesticide and fertilizer containers and manage obsolete pesticide and animal health medications.

We look forward to sharing our progress. Email us to join our mailing list or visit us at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ trade show this March.

CleanFARMS, Canada’s leading agricultural stewardship organization, is best known for its empty container recycling program and obsolete pesticide collection campaign. Learn more at www.cleanfarms.ca.

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