Cleanfarms to collect unwanted agricultural pesticides & livestock medications at no charge in New Brunswick

  • Collection events in 11 locations across the province Nov. 5 to 16
  • Events help keep these materials out of the environment

Sometimes the business of farming results in leftover, unwanted agricultural pesticides or outdated equine/livestock medications. And sometimes disposing of these materials safely is difficult. But for farmers living in or near many New Brunswick communities, they can take them to special collection events that Cleanfarms is holding at designated locations throughout the province from Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 16.

Cleanfarms is a Canadian non-profit organization that delivers recycling and disposal solutions that help farmers and their communities safely manage farm waste. Cleanfarms runs the unwanted pesticides and equine/livestock medications collection program in each province or region of the country every three years. There is no charge to farmers for using this Cleanfarms service to the agricultural community.

Collection events are scheduled at the following locations Nov. 5 – 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Drummond – New Denmark Trucking, 194 Station Road, 506-473-1086
  • Federicton – Co-op Home & Farm Supply Ltd., 317 Saint Mary’s Street, 506-458-9308
  • Florenceville – McCain Produce, 16 McCain Produce Road, 506-392-3036
  • Gagetown – Appleman Farm Ltd., 16 Fox Road, 506-488-2147
  • Hartland – Hartland Agromart Ltd., 40 Industrial Drive, 506-375-4538
  • Moncton – South Eastern Farmers Co-op, 200 Collishaw Street, 506-858-6600
  • Petit-Rocher – Chaleur Fertilizers, 588 Industrial Street, 506-783-4216
  • Sainte Andre – Grand Falls Agromart Ltd., 38 Chemin Depres, 506-473-1941
  • Saint John – Halifax Seed Co., 664 Rothesay Ave., 506-633-2032
  • Salisbury – Cavendish Agri Services, 3030 Federicton Road, 506-372-9390
  • Sussex – Sussex Co-op, 25 Union Street, 506-432-1841

Cleanfarms will accept materials at the events at no charge and will dispose of them safely and responsibly. Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include:

  • Containers of unwanted and old pesticides and livestock/equine medications recovered at a recent Cleanfarms collection event.

    old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label), and

  • equine and livestock medications that are used in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, serial number or Pest Control Product number on the label).

The program will not accept:

  • fertilizer, diluted solution, large quantities of unopened product, and treated seed
  • needles/sharps, medicated feed, aerosol containers, premises disinfectants/sanitizers, veterinary clinic waste and medications, ear tags, and aerosols
  • any other household hazardous waste.

The program is funded by the crop protection industry and the Canadian Animal Health Institute and operated by Cleanfarms. An environmental stewardship organization, Cleanfarms works collaboratively with industry members, agricultural organizations and associations, and the government to ensure that Canadian farmers have opportunities to manage agricultural waste responsibly.  In 2015, the last time this program was offered in New Brunswick, Cleanfarms collected 15,019 kg. of unwanted pesticides and 330 kg of livestock and equine medications. After 2018, the program will return to New Brunswick in the fall of 2021.

Questions about whether a product fits the scope of acceptable materials in this collection can be directed to 877-622-4460 or email Cleanfarms at info@cleanfarms.ca.

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Grain Bag Recycling Environmental Handling Fee Starts Thursday, Nov. 1

MOOSE JAW, SK – Saskatchewan farmers who purchase large plastic bags for grain storage will see a change when they buy bags after next Thursday, November 1. That’s when Saskatchewan’s new province-wide grain bag recycling program’s Environment Handling Fee (EHF) becomes effective.

The non-refundable EHF of 25 cents per kilogram will be added to the price of the bag based on weight and size. On a bag that is approximately 125 kg, the EHF would start at about $31 and increase proportional to the total weight of the plastic in the bag.

Most grain bag users won’t be buying bags at this time of year but will see the EHF when they purchase bags for 2019 storage.

The calculation of the EHF is based on a six-year pilot recycling program initiated by the provincial government. The government-funded pilot was operated by Simply Agriculture Solutions. Over that time, more than 3,600 tonnes of grain bags were recovered for recycling.

In July 2016, the province created The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulation establishing a regulated recycling program for grain bags similar to Canadian stewardship programs for tires, electronics, paint and oil containers. Like those, the Saskatchewan grain bag recycling program transfers financial responsibility for proper end-of-life management to businesses that supply grain bags into the market. A farmer who imports grain bags from outside of the province also falls under the same obligation.

The purpose of the recycling program is to offer farmers a responsible option for returning these single-use, large, heavy bags for recycling. End markets in North America and Malaysia shred, wash and pelletize the plastic and sell it to manufacturers who make products such as plastic garbage bags.

Rolled grain bag ready to be shipped to recycling end-market

The EHF will be used to cover the cost of collecting the bags at designated collection sites, transporting them to end markets and administration, after deducting end-market revenues.

Cleanfarms, a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization with extensive experience in recovering agricultural plastics across Canada began administering the program when it evolved from the pilot to a permanent program. With funding assistance for the 2018 program provided, in part, by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture through the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 initiative, it has established more than 20 collection sites throughout the province where there is heavy grain bag use. It will add 15 collection locations in 2019.

“We know Saskatchewan farmers want to do the right thing for their land and communities, and that they’re prepared to recycle their grain bags. Since the permanent program began, we’ve shipped more than 800 tonnes of grain bags to end markets with that much or more already collected and ready to be shipped out soon. That represents thousands of grain bags that will be recycled into new products as opposed to disintegrating on farm fields or buried in landfill,” said Cleanfarms General Manager Barry Friesen.

Estimates suggest that 15,000 to 20,000 grain bags are used in Saskatchewan every year.

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For media contact:
Barbara McConnell
media@cleanfarms.ca
P. 877-622-4460 ext. 4

For program information contact: 
Tammy Shields
shieldst@cleanfarms.ca
306 341 4460

Cleanfarms Named Canada Clean50 Winner for Programs that Increase Sustainability on Canadian Farms

Cleanfarms Inc. has been named a Canada’s 2019 Clean50 Top Project in recognition of its progressive, innovative and unique programs that promote environmental sustainability through the proper management of agricultural waste in Canada’s farm communities.

Clean50 (www.clean50.com), managed by Delta Management and sponsored by a number of leading companies including the Globe and Mail, screened more than 600 submissions for the 2019 awards program. It aims to recognize champions from the business and non-profit sector that demonstrate innovative approaches and achieve measurable success in environmental responsibility and improvement over the past two years.

At a summit held September 28 attended by Clean50 award recipients and past winners, Cleanfarms won second place in a vote for top place among the five leading winning submissions. The Cleanfarms award highlights just three out of the many programs that the organization operates, including a logistically-challenging program to collect the myriad of large, non-refillable containers from farms across the prairies. With the success of this single, cohesive system, the program has since been rolled out countrywide. Without these programs, the agricultural waste collected such as plastic containers for pesticides and fertilizer under 23Ls; bulk containers larger than 23Ls; grain bags; seed and pesticide bags; and unwanted pesticides and livestock medications might be buried or burned on farms or disposed of unsafely in landfill.

“There are many specialized waste materials generated every day in Canadian farm operations and our job is to make sure these materials come back to the circular economy for infinite recycling or are disposed of safely,” says Barry Friesen, General Manager of Cleanfarms. “We work with farmers and the agricultural community to provide opportunities that enable growers to choose recycling and other safe disposal programs over other disposal options.”

The Clean50 award recognizes the inspiration, innovation and the impact of the work that Cleanfarms’ team brings to establishing new solutions to manage and minimize waste from Canadian farms.

Included in the Clean50 submission was a Cleanfarms’ seed and pesticide bag recovery program that expanded from the Maritimes through Quebec and Ontario, developing a network to recover thousands of bags for recycling and management in waste-to-energy systems. Another project focused on expanding a Manitoba pilot to recover and recycle twine and agricultural film from agricultural operations province wide though a network of municipal collection sites.

The impacts of these three programs show outstanding progress with recovery of nearly 79,000 bulk containers; 924,000 kg of seed and pesticide bags; and 75,000 kg of agricultural film and twine in the last  two-years alone.

“This is absolutely a team effort,” says Friesen. “Our staff is inspired by the commitment of Canadian farmers to sustainable and environmentally responsible practices of producing food for families worldwide. It is our privilege to work with industry members to provide opportunities to offer options for cost effective recycling and safe disposal programs to help keep Canadian farms clean.”

For further information: Barbara McConnell, Cleanfarms Communications, mcweav@kos.net, 416-452-2373

Cleanfarms adds grain bag recycling to its suite of agricultural stewardship programs

Saskatchewan farmers will have access to another tool to help them farm sustainably and keep their yards clean as Cleanfarms’ permanent grain bag recycling program rolls out this year.

A government-funded pilot project has been available since 2011. Through this pilot, farmers have recycled over four million kilograms of ag plastic.

Farmers will see increased access through the launch of this permanent program. Clean, rolled grain bags will be accepted at collection sites at no charge. After the grain bags are collected and processed, they are recycled into new products, such as garbage bags.

Municipalities are keenly interested in participating as well. The recent approval of Cleanfarms’ Product Stewardship Program, which is regulated by The Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations, allows Cleanfarms to formalize arrangements with collection sites and grain bag companies.

Cleanfarms is aiming to have 20 collection sites in place this year with the long term goal of moving to 30 to 35 sites across the province.

“We’re proud to support growers in this new capacity and deliver a service that provides value to Saskatchewan farmers and their communities,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of Cleanfarms.

This requires input from and support of a variety of parties. Cleanfarms will be working closely with key stakeholders through its multi-stakeholder committee along with companies that sell or import grain bags into Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture is continuing its long-standing support of this initiative by providing transitional funding to help Cleanfarms deliver this year’s program.

The program will transition to a fully industry-funded program in the fall of 2018. Farmers will see an Environmental Handling Fee of about $0.25 per kilogram applied to any grain bags purchased effective November 1, 2018.

A comprehensive communication and outreach plan will begin shortly to ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed of next steps and requirements.

Ag plastics feasibility study coming to Kawartha Lakes

Farmers in the Kawartha Lakes area will be asked to take part in an agricultural plastics survey this year.

Since 2009, the City of Kawartha Lakes has delivered a municipal bale wrap recycling program at two locations.

This study will provide another layer of support to local farmers. It will provide a thorough analysis of how ag plastics are currently being managed and help identify barriers and opportunities. Farmers who are interested in participating can contact Cori Crawford at crawfordc@cleanfarms.ca.

Kawartha Conservation and Cleanfarms are partnering on this project as part of joint efforts to support stewardship best practices and help keep agricultural communities clean.

Ontario farmers are keenly interested in diverting agricultural waste out of landfills and into stewardship programs. Good waste management goes hand in hand with agriculture’s commitment to a clean environment and natural resources for future generations.

Cleanfarms looks forward to sharing the result of this work with stakeholders within the Kawartha Lakes area and the surrounding regions. Email us to join our mailing list.

Funding for this program comes from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

For more information:

Cori Crawford

crawfordc@cleanfarms.ca

877-622-4460

British Columbia farmers safely dispose of 24,300 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

Farmers in British Columbia returned 22,832 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 1,470 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through Cleanfarms’ obsolete collection campaign this past year.

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

Cleanfarms, which operates the program, is a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization. Collections took place at six participating ag-retail and municipal locations throughout the Vancouver Island and Fraser Valley regions of the province from October 3-19, 2017.

This marked the second time that a combined collection of pesticides and livestock medications has been offered in this region of British Columbia. Cleanfarms partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to add the collection of livestock and equine medications to its existing obsolete pesticide collection program in 2014.

“The Canadian Animal Health Institute members are demonstrating their on-going commitment to safely managing animal medications throughout their lifecycle,” says Jean Szkotnicki, president of CAHI. “We are pleased to be able to continue partnering with Cleanfarms in providing a valued service to British Columbia’s livestock and equine community.”

British Columbia 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 was previously available in British Columbia in 2014/2015 where more than 43,000 kilograms of product was collected province wide from farmers and safely disposed of.

“This year’s collection was a great success thanks to the commitment of British Columbia farmers and participating collection sites,” says Barry Friesen, general manager of Cleanfarms. “We’re 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 the Okanagan, Kootenay and Interior regions of the province in the fall of 2018. 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.

 

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

 

For further information:

Maja Begovic, communications officer

(416) 622-4460 x2222 | media@cleanfarms.ca

 

Saskatchewan farmers safely dispose of more than 184,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

Farmers in Saskatchewan returned 181,804 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 2,804 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through Cleanfarms’ obsolete collection campaign this past year.

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

Cleanfarms, which operates the program, is a national, industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization. Collections took place at 20 participating ag-retail locations throughout the southern half of the province from October 23-27, 2017.

Cleanfarms partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to add the collection of livestock and equine medications to its existing obsolete pesticide collection program in 2014.

“The Canadian Animal Health Institute members are demonstrating their on-going commitment to safely managing animal medications throughout their lifecycle,” says Jean Szkotnicki, president of CAHI. “We are pleased to be able to continue partnering with Cleanfarms in providing a valued service to Saskatchewan’s livestock and equine community.”

Saskatchewan 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 was previously available in Saskatchewan in 2014/2015.

“This year’s collection was a great success thanks to the commitment of Saskatchewan farmers and participating collection sites,” says Barry Friesen, general manager of Cleanfarms. “We’re 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 the northern half of the province in the fall of 2018. 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.

 

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

 

For further information:

Maja Begovic, communications officer

(416) 622-4460 x2222 | media@cleanfarms.ca

Prince Edward Island farmers are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

Charlottetown, PE

Prince Edward Island farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from November 6 through 17, 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.

“Prince Edward Island farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with Cleanfarms safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications,” says Robert Godfrey, executive director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture. “The Cleanfarms collection program provides an excellent one-stop service for PEI farmers to continue to protect the land.”

Farmers in Prince Edward Island have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Prince Edward Island farmers have turned in more than 103,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides since program inception, and 33,000 kilograms during last collection in 2014.

“Prince Edward Island has a history of successful collections,” says Barry Friesen, General Manager of Cleanfarms. “The participation of PEI 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:

BLOOMFIELD

McCain Fertilizer

31 Gard Road

T: 902-853-4568

 

CHARLOTTETOWN

Cavendish Agri Services

19 Riverside Drive

T: 902-566-5597

 

NEW PERTH

McCain Fertilizer

4763 Baldwin Road

T: 902-838-2872

 

O’LEARY

Cavendish Agri Services

41 North Street

T: 902-859-2200

 

SUMMERSIDE

McCain Fertilizer

168 Greenwood Drive

T: 902-888-5571

 

TRAVELLERS REST

Cavendish Agri Services

848 Read Drive

T: 902-436-4884

 

TRAVELLERS REST

PEI Agromart Ltd.

26210 Hwy 2

T: 902-436-1600

 

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.

 

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

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

REGINA, SK

Saskatchewan farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 23 through 27, 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.

“Saskatchewan farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with Cleanfarms to safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications,” says Todd Lewis, President of Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. “The Cleanfarms collection program provides an excellent one-stop service for Saskatchewan farmers to continue to protect the land.”

Farmers in Saskatchewan have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Saskatchewan farmers have turned in more than 560,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides since program inception, and 183,000 kilograms during last collection in 2014 and 2015.

“Saskatchewan has a history of successful collections,” says Barry Friesen, General Manager of Cleanfarms. “The participation of Saskatchewan 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:

 

BROADVIEW

October 23, 2017 Hometown Co-op T: 306-696-3038

 

LEADER

October 23, 2017 G-Mac’s AgTeam T: 306-628-3886

 

Maple Creek October 23, 2017 Richardson Pioneer T: 306-622-2314

 

STRASBOURG

October 23, 2017 Richardson Pioneer T: 306-725-2017

 

MOOSOMIN

October 24, 2017

Sharpe’s Soil Services Limited

T: 306-435-3319

 

RAYMORE

October 24, 2017

Crop Production Services T: 306-746-2114

 

ROSETOWN

October 24, 2017

Rose Production Services T: 306-297-4121

 

SHAUNAVON

October 24, 2017

Crop Production Services T: 306-297-4121

 

CARNDUFF

October 25, 2017

Crop Production Services T: 306-482-3881

 

EBENEZER

October 25, 2017 Yorkton Co-op (Ebenezer Agro) T: 306-782-7434

 

LIMERICK

October 25, 2017

Limerick Co-op T: 306-263-2033

 

LUCKY LAKE

October 25, 2017

Gardiner Dam AG Services Limited T: 306-858-2383

 

BALCARRES

October 26, 2017

Crop Production Services T: 306-334-2440

 

DAVIDSON

October 26, 2017 Richardson Pioneer T: 306-567-4778

 

ESTEVAN

October 26, 2017 Richardson Pioneer T: 306-634-2342

 

SWIFT CURRENT

October 26, 2017 Richardson Pioneer T: 306-778-1616

 

CORONACH

October 27, 2017 Richardson Pioneer T: 306-267-2100

 

MOOSE JAW

October 27, 2017

Prairie Plains Agro Limited T: 306-692-1661

 

REGINA

October 27, 2017

Crop Production Services T: 306-757-3501

 

WEYBURN

October 27, 2017

Parrish and Heimbecker Limited T: 306-842-7436

 

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 media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Communications Officer media@cleanfarms.ca

416-622-4460 x 2222

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

VICTORIA, BC

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:

 

VICTORIA

October 3, 2017

Capital Regional District Hartland Landfill

1 Hartland Avenue

T: 250-360-3030

 

DUNCAN

October 4, 2017 Bings Creek Recycling Centre

3900 Drinkwater Road

T: 250-746-2540

 

COURTENAY

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

T: 250-334-6000

 

DELTA

October 10 and 11, 2017 Crop Production Services Evergro

7430 Hopcott Road

T: 604-940-0290

 

ABBOTSFORD

October 17 and 18, 2017

Univar Agriculture 3256 McCallum Road

T: 604-859-4919

 

PEMBERTON

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

T: 604-894-6371 Ext. 236

 

For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Communications Officer media@cleanfarms.ca

416-622-4460 x 2222

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