Agricultural pesticide collection available



    OTTAWA, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Farmers in the Peace River region will have an
opportunity to easily dispose of any obsolete or unwanted pesticides later
this month, thanks to a five-day CleanFARMS(TM) collection program
co-sponsored by industry and government.
    The program, which is free of charge to farmers, will take place August
24 - 28 with drop-off locations at Viterra ag-retailers in Dawson Creek and
Fort St. John.
    "The Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign gives farmers the opportunity
to safely dispose of outdated, unwanted or otherwise obsolete agricultural
pesticides," said Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada. "Since 1998
our program has disposed of over 2.5 million kilograms of unwanted pesticides
across Canada."
    The obsolete pesticide collection program is an industry-led stewardship
program aimed at collecting and safely disposing obsolete agricultural
pesticides. This year's British Columbia program is co-sponsored by
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Environment
Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, BC Agriculture Council,
Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC and Health Canada.
    "The pesticide collection program is a great way for the BC Peace
agricultural producers to dispose of obsolete or unwanted agricultural
pesticides," stated Martin Moore, director from the BC Grain Producers
Association. "Changes in crops and crop production methods may result in
pesticides being unusable. The pesticide collection program ensures the
products are taken care of in a safe and environmentally responsible manner."
    Products will be accepted at 1-684 213 Road in Dawson Creek and 9704 78th
St in Fort St. John. Pesticide products that will be accepted include
agricultural herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides. Other
products will not be accepted.





For further information:

For further information: Nadine Sisk, Director, Media Relations, (613)
230-9881, siskn@croplife.ca; Lynn Lashuk, Agriculture Environment Initiatives,
(250) 860-2967, Lynn@ardcorp.ca

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