ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Farmers in Rocky View County,
Alta., turned in 9,635 kilograms of obsolete pesticides during a
collection program last year.
"This program is a really important one," says Barry Friesen, general
manager of CleanFARMS, which partnered with Rocky View County to offer
the program. "Farmers are always looking to make smart choices for
their farms and for the environment. This program allows them to
dispose of old or unwanted pesticides in an environmentally responsible
The Rocky View County obsolete pesticide collection program was held at
12 locations over the course of the spring, summer and fall of 2011.
Farmers were invited to drop off their unwanted pesticides at no cost.
"We are very happy with the partnership we formed with CleanFARMS," says
Joanne Walroth, solid waste and recycling officer for Rocky View
County. "The partnership enables us to provide a safe and cost
effective way for residents to recycle obsolete farm chemicals."
The CleanFARMS obsolete pesticide collection program is a national,
industry-led program that has collected more than 1.5 million kilograms
of obsolete, commercial-grade pesticides since 1998. After collection,
the pesticides are taken to a licensed disposal facility where they are
disposed of through high temperature incineration.
"This was the second year in a row that CleanFARMS partnered with Rocky
View County. This relationship continues to be a successful one - and
one that benefits farmers, the community and the environment," says
For more information on the industry's recycling initiatives, please
SOURCE CleanFARMS(TM) Inc.
For further information:
CleanFARMS and CropLife Canada
Solid Waste & Recycling Manager
Rocky View County