Alberta farmers are invited to safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

EDMONTON, Oct. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Alberta farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 3-7.

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and CropLife Canada, is offering this program at no cost to farmers.

"Alberta farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with CleanFARMS to safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications," said Shannon Scofield, Executive Director of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. "The CleanFARMS collection program provides an excellent one-stop service for Alberta farmers to continue to protect the land."

Farmers in Alberta have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Alberta farmers have turned in more than 370,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides.

"Alberta has a history of successful collections," says Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. "The participation of Alberta farmers shows they are good stewards of their land and committed to protecting the environment."

After collection, the pesticides and livestock medications are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following locations will be accepting obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the dates specified:

Monday, October 3                        

  • Central Alberta Co-op Ltd in Innisfail, 403-505-1467
  • Edberg Crop Management in Edberg, 780-877-0003
  • Crop Production Services in Westlock, 780-349-4525
  • Crop Production Services in Smoky Lake, 780-656-4343

Tuesday, October 4                        

  • Richardson Pioneer in Provost, 780-753-2511
  • Alliance Seed Cleaning Association Ltd in Alliance, 780-879-3927
  • Parkland Fertilizers in Lacombe, 780-782-2232
  • Neerlandia Co-op in Barrhead, 780-674-2820

Wednesday October 5 

  • Andrukow Group Solutions in Saint Paul, 780-645-5915
  • Richardson Pioneer in Lavoy, 780-658-2408
  • McEwen's Fuels & Fertilizers in Athabasca, 780-675-9500
  • Crop Production Services in Camrose, 780-672-3025

Thursday, October 6                      

  • Crop Production Services in Vermilion, 780-853-4711
  • North Corridor Co-op (Thorhild), 780-398-3975
  • Leduc Co-op in Leduc, 780-986-3000
  • Andrukow Group Solutions in Wainwright, 780-842-3306

Friday, October 7                            

  • Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers in Legal, 780-961-3088
  • Andrukow Group Solutions in Viking, 780-336-3180
  • UFA in Drayton Valley, 780-621-0313
  • Crop Production Services in Lloydminster, 780-871-4601

The obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program is a national program that comes to each province every three years. In between collections periods, farmers are asked to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.

For further information: For media inquiries please contact: Maja Begovic, Media Relations, media@cleanfarms.ca, 416-622-4460 x 2222

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