CleanFARMS' empty seed and pesticide program has returned to Ontario

ETOBICOKE, ON, July 3, 2014 /CNW/ - A clean and healthy environment is the key to agricultural success. CleanFARMS recognizes this and is working with Ontario farmers to find solutions for disposing of various on-farm waste. To that end, the agricultural waste recycler has established a pilot program for the disposal of empty seed and pesticide bags for farmers in southwestern Ontario.

The empty seed and pesticide bag pilot program, which began in May and will end in September, offers Ontario farmers a more environmentally friendly disposal solution for these bags which ensures agricultural waste is managed responsibly and stays out of landfills.

"We have conducted several waste studies to determine what type of on-farm, inorganic waste is still being sent to landfills," says Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS. "New opportunities and alternative solutions are being explored because of these studies."

Collection bags can be picked up from select agricultural retailers across southwestern Ontario. Before returning them, we ask farmers to ensure their seed and pesticide bags are empty and tied. All bags will be accepted, free of charge, and collected by CleanFARMS, where they will be transported to a disposal facility that recovers thermal energy and coverts it into electricity and steam for use within our community.

Farmers may return empty pesticide bags, including multi-walled paper, plastic and aluminum. Multi-walled paper and polywoven plastic empty seed bags are also accepted.

Collection sites are located at select retailers across southwestern Ontario.  Attached is a list of participating retail collection sites, which can also be found at cleanFARMS.ca.

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.

2014 COLLECTION SITES

City Location Phone
Alvinston Wanstead Farmers Cooperative
3332 Nauvoo Rd.
519-898-2861
Blenheim Thompsons Ltd.
125 George St.
519-676-5446
Bothwell Haggerty Creek
7708 Bentpath Line, R.R. #5
519-695-9999
Brigden AGRIS Co-operative
2352 Jane St. 
519-864-1011
Brodhagen Hogey's Farm Supply
6777 Perth Line 44
519-345-2941
Brussells Brussels Agromart
251 Albert St
519.887.6273
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
Grande Pointe Alain Lucier - Pioneer
7402 St. Philippe Line
519-360-6300
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
Tupperville AGRIS Co-operative
17 Centre Sideroad,
519-627-6075
Wallaceburg South West Ag Partners
1504 Lambton Line, RR#5
519-627-1491
Wyoming Wanstead Farmers Cooperative
5495 Elevator St, RR#2
519-845-3301

 

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

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Erin O'Hara
oharae@cleanfarms.ca
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