Empty seed and pesticide bag pilot program returns to Ontario

ETOBICOKE, ON, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Farmers in select regions of southwestern Ontario are being offered new options to manage their empty seed and pesticide bags this year. CleanFARMS will be operating an extended pilot project to collect and safely dispose of empty bags, at no cost to participating farmers.

This pilot is part of the agricultural industry's commitment to the responsible management of its products throughout their entire lifecycle and will help determine the feasibility of a permanent program.

"This pilot project will build on the solid agricultural stewardship programming that is already in place in Ontario and provide farmers with more options for managing packaging waste on the farm and contributing to long-term goals of keeping agricultural waste out of landfills," said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS.

CleanFARMS will collect, transport and ensure collected bags are safely converted to energy at facilities that have extensive emission controls and meet all necessary provincial and federal approvals. Farmers can contribute to a clean and healthy environment by ensuring that empty seed and pesticide bags end up in the right place.

"Grain farmers are committed to environmental stewardship and there is definitely an appetite for this type of program in Ontario," said Henry Van Ankum, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Funding for this pilot program is provided by CropLife Canada, the Canadian Seed Trade Association, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs through the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.

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WHEN
May to September 2014

COLLECTION SITES
Collection sites will be located at participating retailers in southwestern Ontario. A list of participating retail collection sites can be found below and at CleanFARMS.ca.

WHAT

  • Empty pesticide bags: multi-walled paper, plastic and aluminum
  • Empty seed bags: multi-walled paper and polywoven plastic

How to return Bags:

  1. Obtain free collection bags from select agricultural retailers.
  2. Ensure that your seed or pesticide bags are empty.
  3. Place the empty bags in the collection bag.
  4. Return your full, tied bags to a participating retailer. Bags will be accepted free of charge and sent for safe disposal.

CleanFARMS is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. For a list of all recycling programs, visit CleanFARMS.ca.

2014 COLLECTION SITES

City

Location

Phone

Blenheim

Thompsons Ltd.

125 George St.

 

519-676-5446

Brigden

AGRIS Co-operative

2352 Jane St. 

 

519-864-1011

Brodhagen

Hogey's Farm Supply Ltd.

6777 Perth Line 44

 

519-345-2941

Cottam

AGRIS Co-operative

8 Belle River Rd.

 

519-839-4861

Chatham

AGRIS Co-operative

335 Park Ave. East

 

519-352-0230

Dutton

AGRIS Co-operative

260 Currie Rd. 

 

519-762-2836

Glencoe

AGRIS Co-operative

211 McKeller St.

 

519-287-3434

Kent Bridge

Thompsons Ltd.

23696 Kent Bridge Rd.

 

519-352-6311

Leamington

AGRIS Co-operative

702 Mersea Rd 12, RR #3

 

519-326-7700

Muirkirk

AGRIS Co-operative

20325 Duart Rd. 

 

519-678-3381

Petrolia

Pioneer Representative - Tim Williams

3627 Petrolia Line

 

519-339-6866

Plympton-Wyoming

Pioneer Representative - Brian Schoonjans

5023 Douglas Line

 

519-899-2880

Rodney

Thompsons Ltd.

12098 Blacks Rd, RR 2.

 

519-785-0420

Stoney Point

AGRIS Co-operative

RR #1

 

519-798-3011

Thamesville

AGRIS Co-operative

1 Priscilla St. 

519-692-3957

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Francine Charbonneau, charbonneauf@cleanfarms.ca, 613-230-9881