Obsolete pesticide collection campaign underway to make Saskatchewan farms and rural communities safer and cleaner



    REGINA, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Today, CropLife Canada and key industry partners
announced the launch of the Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign throughout
Saskatchewan. From October 23 to 25, Saskatchewan farmers can dispose of their
obsolete agricultural pesticides free of charge at any one of 45 collection
sites.
    "The Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign gives farmers the opportunity
to safely dispose of outdated, unwanted or otherwise obsolete agricultural
pesticides during the three-day province-wide campaign," said Cam Davreux,
Vice President, CropLife Canada. "This program has resulted in the collection
of over 1,000,000 kg. of unwanted pesticides across Canada and we are proud of
this result," added Davreux.
    The Saskatchewan Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign is an
industry-led stewardship program aimed at collecting and safely disposing
obsolete agricultural pesticides. The campaign is a unique partnership between
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, agricultural retailers and CropLife Canada
to make Saskatchewan farms and rural communities safer and cleaner.
    "At CropLife Canada, we're committed to working responsibly to protect
people and the environment and the obsolete collection campaign is one way we
are delivering on our commitment to stewardship," said Davreux. "By offering
this safe, convenient way to dispose of obsolete pesticide products, we're
working together with our stakeholders, including agricultural retailers and
farmers to make a difference in protecting our farms and our communities."
    "We are pleased to be part of a program that provides farmers with a
safe, effective and cost-free way to properly dispose of unwanted products,"
said Fran Malecha, Chief Operating Officer, Viterra. "Protecting the
environment is important to our industry and important to Viterra."
    Products destined for disposal will be accepted at designated ag-retail
collection locations throughout Saskatchewan. Pesticide products that will be
accepted under the campaign include agricultural herbicides, insecticides,
fungicides and rodenticides. It is also important to note the following
products will not be accepted: empty pesticide containers, spray tank rinsate,
adjuvants, treated seed, home/garden pesticides, paints, thinners, waste oils
or any other household hazardous waste.

    CropLife Canada is a non-profit trade association representing the
manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science innovations - pest
control products and plant biotechnology - for use in agriculture, urban and
public health settings. Its members are committed to sustainable agricultural
practices that deliver benefits and solutions to consumers, growers and the
environment in which we all live. The Saskatchewan Obsolete Pesticide
Collection Campaign is a component of CropLife Canada's Stewardshipfirst(TM)
program that supports the responsible use of crop protection and plant
biotechnology products throughout their entire lifecycle.

    NOTE TO EDITORS: Background on CropLife Canada Obsolete Pesticide
Collection Campaign and a listing of Saskatchewan collection locations are
attached.


    
                                BACKGROUNDER-
         Saskatchewan Obsolete Pesticide Return: October 23-25, 2007
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    Who is CropLife Canada? What is its mandate?

    CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers,
developers and distributors of plant science innovations - pest control
products and plant biotechnology - for use in agricultural, urban and public
health settings.
    CropLife Canada and its members are committed to safety, innovation and
sustainable agricultural practices that benefit not just the industry, but its
millions of consumers and the environment. CropLife Canada's
stewardshipfirst(TM) initiatives responsibly manage the health, safety and
environmental responsibility of the industry's products throughout their
lifecycle.

    What are CropLife Canada's programs under stewardshipfirst(TM)

    Stewardshipfirst(TM) initiatives from CropLife Canada include a full
lifecycle approach to accountable product management, encompassing product
development to use and disposal:

    
    -   from manufacturing, warehousing and marketing,
    -   trough training and certification, integrated pest management and
        grower safety,
    -   to empty container management and obsolete product collection and
        disposal.
    

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    Describe the "Obsolete Pesticides" Program

    The Saskatchewan Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign is part of a
cross-Canada strategy to clear out obsolete, unwanted, unregistered or
unusable agricultural pesticides from farms free of charge - with the combined
goals of care for the environment and human health.
    To date CropLife Canada has already successfully completed one sweep of
the Country and a second national sweep is currently underway. Altogether,
more than 1,000,000 kgs of obsolete pesticides have been collected to date,
indicating the need and tremendous support of this important initiative.
Delivery of this stewardship program is currently being discussed for Alberta
and Manitoba in 2008.

    Which obsolete products will be accepted?

    Full or part containers of obsolete agricultural pesticides that are
outdated, unusable and/or no longer registered will be accepted for disposal;
these include herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and rodenticides. Treated
seed, adjuvants and domestic products such as antifreeze, paints and solvents
will not be accepted; other programs are in effect for their collection.

    Will empty containers be accepted?

    No this program is intended to clear out obsolete pesticides, not their
containers.
    (CropLife Canada's Empty Container Management Program accepts
triple-rinsed containers. For more information, call 416-622-9771)

    What is the cost to growers?

    There is no cost to growers.

    Are there any special instructions?

    Please deliver obsolete pesticides in leak proof containers. All
pesticide containers must be labeled - please make sure a label is on every
container; if you no longer know what it is, label the container "pesticide
unknown".

    How many collection sites are there?

    From October 23-25 of this year, growers in Saskatchewan can take their
obsolete products to any one of 45 designated collection sites located
throughout the province.

    Can non-farmers deliver obsolete pesticides to the collection sites at no
    cost?

    This program is intended to assist agricultural producers in clearing out
obsolete pesticides for safe convenient environmentally responsible disposal;
obsolete products from the turf industry will also be accepted.

    How will the obsolete products be handled?

    Products collected at the 45 designated collection sites will be safely
collected and disposed of.

    Who is funding the obsolete pesticide collection campaign?

    Equal funding is provided by CropLife Canada and its member companies and
the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan (ACAAFS) through Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada. With support from Saskatchewan Ag Retailers and the Canadian
Association of Agri-Retailers.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information on the Saskatchewan Obsolete Pesticide Collection
Campaign please visit www.croplife.ca or call Russel Hurst at CropLife Canada
(416) 622-9771.

    
           2007 Saskatchewan Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign
                  Ag-Retail Designated Collection Locations
                               Oct 23-25, 2007

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    Assiniboia                                 Viterra          306-642-3355
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    Biggar                                     Viterra          306-948-2643
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    Central Butte                     Hawk's Chemicals          306-796-4787
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    Davidson                                   Cargill          306-567-2025
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    Estevan                              Pioneer Grain          306-634-2342
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    Foam Lake                                  Viterra          306-272-3222
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    Humboldt                                   Viterra          306-682-2509
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    Indian Head                                Viterra          306-695-2311
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    Kelvington                                 Viterra          306-327-4440
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    Kindersley                          GMAC's Ag Team          306-463-4622
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    Kyle                                  Pioneer Coop          306-375-2303
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    Langenburg                  Sharpe's Soil Services          306-743-2677
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    Leask                                      Viterra          306-466-2050
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    Lloydminster                               Viterra          306-825-5858
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    Maple Creek                                Viterra          306-662-2420
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    Mankota                                    Viterra          306-478-2345
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    Meadow Lake                                Viterra          306-236-3553
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    Melfort                                    Viterra          306-752-4711
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    Melville                                   Viterra          306-728-5742
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    Moose Jaw                                  Cargill          306-692-0770
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    Naicam                                 Naicam Coop          306-874-2477
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    Nipawin                              Pineland Coop          306-862-2033
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    Norquay                                    Viterra          306-594-2055
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    North Battleford                           Viterra          306-445-9457
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    Ogema                    Dean Clarke Agri-Services          306-459-2545
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    Outlook                                    Viterra          306-867-8629
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    Plenty                              GMAC's Ag Team          306-932-4622
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    Porcupine Plain                            Viterra          306-278-2242
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    Prince Albert                   Prince Albert Coop          306-764-6488
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    Raymore                                    Cargill          306-746-2055
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    Redvers                             Advantage Coop          306-452-3551
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    Regina                                     Viterra          306-757-3501
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    Rosetown                             Rosetown Coop          306-882-2649
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    Rosthern                                   Viterra          306-232-4232
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    Saskatoon                            Pioneer Grain          306-933-1750
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    Shaunavon                           Shaunavon Coop          306-297-2663
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    Spiritwood                     MidSask Ag Services          306-883-2076
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    Strasburg                            Pioneer Grain          306-725-3282
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    Swift Current                         Pioneer Coop          306-778-8800
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    Unity                                      Cargill          306-228-4144
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    Watrous                                    Viterra          306-946-3349
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    Weyburn                    Weyburn Inland Terminal          306-842-7436
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    Whitewood                            Pioneer Grain          306-735-2626
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    Wynyard                               Wynyard Coop          306-554-3644
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    Yorkton                                    Cargill          306-782-1199
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For further information:

For further information: Kristina Fixter, Director, Communications &
Member Services, P: (416) 622-9771, E: fixterk@croplife.ca

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