Joint obsolete pesticide and animal health medications collection in Ontario a success
ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 18, 2014
ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario farmers returned more than 114,000 kilograms of obsolete
pesticides and over 4,400 kilograms of animal health medications for
safe disposal in 2013. The combined collection program was made
possible through a unique partnership between CleanFARMS - a national
industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization - and the
Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI).
"It's always a good thing when we can offer expanded programs to help
farmers responsibly manage waste on their farms," says Barry Friesen,
general manager of CleanFARMS. "Partnering with the Canadian Animal
Health Institute on this initiative proved to be a win-win for everyone
Ontario farmers were invited to participate at no charge, by dropping
off their obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides and animal
health medications to 31 ag-retail collection sites throughout the
province in October for safe and environmentally responsible disposal.
"This model of providing a simple, one-stop collection point for both
pesticides and animal medications is a valuable service that we are
pleased to offer to farmers," says Jean Szkotnicki, president of CAHI.
Since the program launched in 1998, more than 1.9 million kilograms of
obsolete pesticide has been collected across Canada and safely
destroyed. The first animal health medication collection was piloted in
2009 and returned in 2013. After collection, all products are taken to
a licensed waste management facility where they are safely disposed of
through high-temperature incineration.
CleanFARMS also partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and
Food to co-fund the collection program, and was supported by Farm and
Food Care Ontario, the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
(OFVGA), and the Ontario Agri-Business Association.
"Growers welcome the opportunity to safely dispose of unusable pesticide
products. Changing crops, new pests, and regulatory actions can all
make products obsolete," says Craig Hunter, expert advisor
(pesticides), OFVGA. "We thank CleanFARMS for allowing us to take
The obsolete collection program generally comes to the province every
three years. In between collections, farmers are encouraged to safely
store their unwanted pesticides and animal health medications until
they can properly dispose of them through the program.
This CleanFARMS program is part of the plant science industry's
commitment to responsible lifecycle management of its products. For
more information visit CleanFARMS.ca.