Cleanfarms Now Collecting Unwanted Agricultural Pesticides and Old Livestock/Equine Medications in Southern Alberta

Events at specific locations from October 25 to 29 —

Containers of unwanted, old pesticides and obsolete livestock, equine and farm animal medications recovered at a recent Cleanfarms collection event. – Cleanfarms photo

(Lethbridge, AB) October 11, 2021 – Cleanfarms is back in southern Alberta holding one-day events in 20 locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 25 to 29 to collect unwanted and old agricultural pesticides and obsolete livestock, equine and farm animal medications.

Cleanfarms operates this program so farmers can dispose of these unwanted materials keeping them out of the environment and managed for safe disposal.

Cleanfarms’ “Unwanted Pesticides and Old Livestock/Equine Medications” collection program is funded entirely by its crop input members and through a partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI). The program rotates into various regions across Canada every three years. Farmers can use the program at no charge to them.

“Farmers wait for this program to come back to their region. We know they are eager to dispose of these old materials safely without risk to the environment. It helps them keep their farms clean and sustainable,” said Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen.

Since the program began more than 10 years ago, 3.7 million kg of unwanted pesticides and 52,000 kg of obsolete farm animal (cattle, horses, goats, poultry) health medications have been collected across the country.

This year’s collection sites are (in alpha order):

  • BROOKS – Thursday, Oct. 28 – Nutrien Ag Solutions-Brooks, 403-362-2072
  • CARSELAND – Friday, Oct. 29 – Richardson Pioneer, 403-934-9267
  • CARSTAIRS – Friday, Oct. 29 – CORE Ag Inputs-Carstairs, 403-940-0472
  • CASTOR – Thursday, Oct. 28 – Meadowland Ag Chem Ltd., 403-882-2490
  • CLARESHOLM – Tuesday, Oct. 26, UFA Claresholm Farm Store, 403-625-3337
  • DRUMHELLER – Friday, Oct. 29 – Kneehill Soil Services Ltd., 403-823-4600
  • ENCHANT– Wednesday, Oct. 27 – Nutrien Ag Solutions-Enchant, 403-739-2012
  • FOREMOST – Wednesday, Oct. 27, South Country Co-op, 403-867-3200
  • HANNA – Monday, Oct. 25 – Fox Lake Agro Services Ltd., 403-854-2820
  • HIGH RIVER – Monday, Oct. 25 – South Country Co-op, 403-652-4143
  • HUSSAR – Monday, Oct. 25 – Richardson Pioneer-Hussar, 403-787-3931
  • MAGRATH – Friday, Oct. 29 – Richardson Pioneer-Magrath, 403-758-3162
  • MEDICINE HAT – Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Nutrien Ag Solutions-Medicine Hat, 403-526-9499
  • MILK RIVER – Thursday, Oct. 28 – Parrish and Heimbecker, 403-647-3633
  • OLDS – Thursday, Oct. 28 – Richardson Pioneer-Olds, 403-556-6606
  • OYEN – Tuesday, Oct. 26 – UFA Oyen Farm Store, 403-664-3611
  • RED DEER COUNTY – Wednesday, Oct. 27 – Central Alberta Coop Innisfail Agro, 403-227-3466
  • TABER – Monday, Oct. 25 – Taber Home & Farm Centre, 403-223-8948
  • THREE HILLS – Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Kneehill Soil Services Ltd. TH, 403-443-2355
  • VETERAN – Wednesday, Oct. 27 – Richardson Pioneer, 403-575-4600

Events details can be found on under “what to recycle & where”. COVID precautions will be in place.

Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include:

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

The program does NOT accept:

  • only partially full and opened jugs of adjuvant and surfactant will be accepted
  • 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.

This program will return to southern Alberta in 2024. It will return to northern Alberta in 2022.

About Cleanfarms

Cleanfarms is a national not-for-profit organization that delivers industry-funded, end-of-life stewardship programs to the agricultural sector across Canada. It works collaboratively with more than 70 members in the pesticide, fertilizer, seed, ag plastic, and animal health medication sectors, as well as partner agencies, and governments to ensure that Canadian farmers can actively contribute to a healthy environment and a sustainable future.

Cleanfarms has over ten years’ experience identifying and helping to develop North American markets for agricultural plastics through the ongoing development and management of farmer-focused recycling programs. It has staff located in Lethbridge, Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.


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