ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Prince Edward Island farmers lined
up to return their unwanted or obsolete pesticides last year, turning
in more than 27,000 kilograms of product.
"This number is significant," says Barry Friesen, general manager of
CleanFARMS. "The success of this collection just reaffirms the
commitment of PEI farmers to environmental responsibility."
The program was operated by CleanFARMS, a national industry-led
agricultural waste management organization. CleanFARMS partnered with
three agri-retailers - PEI Agromart, Cavendish Agri Services and McCain
Produce - who collected the obsolete pesticides at their locations. The
collection took place over a two-week period in November.
"Farmers want a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of
their old or unwanted pesticides and this program gives them just
that," says Friesen.
Since 1998, Prince Edward Island farmers have returned more than 69,000
kilograms of obsolete pesticides. After collection, the pesticides are
taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are safely
"The program offered by CleanFARMS provides an environmentally
sustainable way for PEI farmers to dispose of unused or out of date
pesticides. PEI farmers value the service and have used it to dispose
of thousands of kilograms of pesticides. This is an excellent tool
that provides us with a practical way to manage pesticides on farm,"
says John Jamieson, executive director, PEI Federation of Agriculture.
The obsolete pesticide collection program generally comes to the
province every three years or so. Farmers should safely store their
unwanted pesticides until they can properly dispose of them through the
obsolete pesticide collection program.
For more information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca.
SOURCE CleanFARMS(TM) Inc.
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