Cleanfarms Collecting Unwanted, Old Ag Pesticides and Obsolete Farm Animal Medications in Six Canadian Regions this Fall

Collection in British Columbia/Alberta Peace River Region; Northern Alberta; Manitoba;
Ontario and Newfoundland

Key Points:

  • Cleanfarms 2022 collection events (chronological):
    • Ontario– North – Thunder Bay, Emo and Gore Bay (Manitoulin Island):  September 12 to 16 inclusive
    • Ontario– South: September 19 to 27 – 28 single day events
    • Alberta – North:October 3 to 7 – 20 single day events
    • Alberta & British Columbia – Peace Region: October 12 to 20 – 6 single day events
    • Newfoundland:  October 18 to 21 – 4 single day events
    • Manitoba: October 24 to 28 – 20 single day events
  • Collection program safely manages and disposes of unused, unwanted agricultural pesticides and old livestock/equine medications
  • Helps keep materials out of landfill and the environment
  • No cost to farmers
  • Next opportunity to dispose of these unwanted materials in these regions will be in three years, in the fall of 2025

Cleanfarms is starting its 2022 collection of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old, obsolete farm animal health medications in six cross-Canada regions this fall, beginning with Ontario in mid-September. Producers/farmers in the regions are encouraged to bring unwanted pesticides and old, obsolete farm animal meds to special collection events for safe disposal, at no charge. In addition to Ontario, the collection this year takes place in the Peace Region of British Columbia and Alberta; northern Alberta; Manitoba; and Newfoundland. Most are one-day events taking place at agricultural retailers. For information on collection locations, go to to recycle where and look for ‘unwanted pesticides and old livestock/equine medications collection’. – Cleanfarms photo

(Etobicoke, Ontario) – September 7, 2022 – Cleanfarms, the national stewardship organization that develops and operates programs to help farmers/producers manage on-farm agricultural waste materials is returning to six regions of Canada to hold events to collect unwanted, old agricultural pesticides and obsolete livestock, equine and poultry medications so that farmers can dispose of these unwanted agricultural materials safely.

In total, Cleanfarms’ 2022 program includes 81 collection events. Farmers are encouraged to bring:

  • old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label)
  • commercial pesticides for golf courses and industrial and commercial pest control products (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label)
  • livestock/equine medications that are used on-farm for livestock, poultry or horses (identified with a DIN number, serial number, notification number or Pest Control Product number on the label).

The program does NOT accept:

  • fertilizer, diluted solution, large quantities of unopened product, and treated seed
  • full and unopened jugs of adjuvant or surfactant
  • needles or sharps, medicated feed, aerosol containers, premises disinfectants and sanitizers, veterinary clinic waste and medications, ear tags, or aerosols
  • domestic pesticides, fertilizers and animal health products and any other household hazardous waste

Cleanfarms’ Executive Director Barry Friesen says farmers appreciate this program and wait for it to return to their region every three years.

“A program to collect old, unwanted pesticides has been in place since 1998. In 2010, we became responsible for it and we know from experience and hearing from farmers that this program is very important to them in managing on-farm waste materials safely,” Friesen said. “The program is designed to help them keep their farms clean and sustainable and to keep these materials out of landfill and the environment. When they use this program, farmers have peace of mind that Cleanfarms will dispose of the materials following the highest standards of health and safety.”

The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) joined the program as a partner in 2014 to add obsolete farm animal medications to the materials accepted.

The crop protection industry members of Cleanfarms, in partnership with CAHI, cover the full cost of operating the program and disposing of the materials responsibly so that farmers pay nothing. All materials are managed safely through high temperature incineration.

“CAHI and our members are thrilled to support the Cleanfarms collections once again this fall. Animal health, human health and our shared environment are part of a deeply interconnected system. Our longstanding partnership with Cleanfarms highlights our members’ commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices,” said CAHI President and CEO Dr. Catherine Filejski.

The last time this program was held in these regions in 2019 a total of 214,618 kgs of unwanted pesticides and 5,842 kgs of obsolete animal medications were collected.

Collection events are scheduled at local agricultural retailers’ locations for ease of access. Information is continuously updated on Cleanfarms’ website under “what to recycle & where”.

Cleanfarms is a Canadian, non-profit stewardship organization funded by members in the crop protection, crop storage and animal health industries. It works with agricultural organizations, associations, agencies, governments and many partners to ensure that Canadian farmers have opportunities to manage agricultural waste responsibly. Cleanfarms delivers recycling and disposal solutions for non-organic waste generated on farms. In addition to the collection program for unwanted pesticides and old livestock/equine medications, Cleanfarms collects empty plastic agricultural pesticide and fertilizer containers, grain bags and twine for recycling. In eastern Canada, Cleanfarms collects seed bags and fertilizer bags (Quebec only) for responsible disposal. Cleanfarms has staff located in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Questions about which products are accepted in this collection program can be directed to 877-622-4460 or


Contact: Barbara McConnell, Cleanfarms Media