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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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

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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