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

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Ontario farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from September 20-30. This collection program is offered at no cost to Ontario farmers.  

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to co-fund the disposal program with support from CropLife Canada, Ontario Agri Business Association, Farm & Food Care Ontario, and the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association, in offering this free program.

"Ontario farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with CleanFARMS to safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications," says Craig Hunter from the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. "The CleanFARMS collection program provides an excellent one-stop service for Ontario farmers to continue to protect the land."

Farmers in Ontario have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Ontario farmers have turned in more than 500,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides.

"Ontario has a history of successful collections," says Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. "The participation of Ontario 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:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

  • Hoegy's Farm Supply in Brodhagen
  • Woodrill Farms in Guelph
  • Parrish & Heimbecker in Glencoe

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Brussels Agromart in Brussels
  • Hensall District Co-op in Ailsa Craig
  • Max Underhill's Farm Supply in Aylmer

Thursday, September 22, 2016

  • NM Bartlett in Beamsville
  • Lakeside Grain & Feed Ltd in Forest
  • GROWMARK Inc. in Kitchener

Monday, September 26, 2016

  • Hagerty Creek in Bothwell
  • Alliance Agri-Turf in Alliston
  • Sprucedale Agromart in Tara
  • Good Crop Services in New Hamburg
  • Munro Agromart in Lancaster

Tuesday, September 27

  • Agris Co-op in Tupperville
  • Clark Agri Service in Wellandport
  • Bradford Co-op in Bradford
  • Huron Bay Co-op in Walkerton
  • Synagri in Alfred

Wednesday, September 28

  • South West Ag Partners in Pain Court
  • Cargill in Princeton
  • Sunderland Coop in Oakwood
  • Cargill in Harriston
  • Agro Culture 2001 in Casselman

Thursday, September 29

  • Thompsons in Blenheim
  • Alliance Agri-Turf in Bolton
  • TCO Agromart in Trenton
  • Huron Bay Co-op in Dundalk
  • Synagri in Richmond

September 27-29

  • Verner Ag Centre in Verner
  • Northland Agromart in Gore Bay
  • M&R Feeds and Farm Supply in Pembroke
  • M&R Feeds and Farm Supply in Arnprior
  • Temiskaming Ag Centre in Thornloe
  • Thunder Bay Co-op in Thunder Bay

Friday, September 30

  • Cargill in Courtland
  • Holmes Agro in Orangeville
  • County Farm Centre in Picton
  • Agris Co-op in Leamington
  • Synagri in Chesterville

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



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


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