Obsolete pesticide collection campaign comes to Newfoundland

November 6, 2013, Toronto, ON – On November 6 and 7, farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides.

The collection program is operated by Cleanfarms, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization and is supported by CropLife Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation.

“Cleanfarms is committed to collecting unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides in an environmentally responsible way, at no cost to farmers,” says Barry Friesen, general manager of Cleanfarms.

Newfoundland’s farmers have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1988 they have returned more than 3,700 kilograms of obsolete pesticides. Nationally, the program has collected more than 1.8 million kilograms of obsolete or unwanted pesticides for safe disposal since it began in 1998.

After collection, the pesticides are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following two locations will be accepting obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides on the dates specified below from 9 am until 4 pm.

• Lewisporte Highway Depot – Wednesday November 6
― 6 km north of TransCanada/Route 340 intersection on Route 340

• Steel Mountain Highway Depot – Thursday November 7
― Service road 100 m east of Steele Mountain Ultramar Gas Bar