TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's leading agricultural
stewardship organization, CleanFARMS, has been awarded a gold program
operator award at the annual Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) Waste
This award recognizes outstanding performance from waste diversion
program operators, recyclers and processors involved in residential or
Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (IC & I) collection and/or
"We are honoured to be recognized by our recycling peers in Ontario,"
says Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS. "Good stewardship
only happens when the entire value chain is engaged, so we share this
recognition with Ontario's farmers and the many other groups who
support our efforts."
This isn't the first time the plant science industry received top marks
for its stewardship initiatives. Earlier this year, CleanFARMS was
awarded the 2012 Ontario Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence.
"Environmental sustainability, which includes waste diversion, is a top
priority for Ontario farmers," says Mark Wales, president of the
Ontario Federation of Agriculture. "It is especially nice to see that
our efforts are being recognized by those outside of the farming
Waste diversion is a longstanding industry commitment for Ontario's
agricultural sector. The empty pesticide container program, now one of
Canada's longest running voluntary stewardship programs, was launched
in 1989. The industry's commitment to end of life management of its
products grew with the creation of the obsolete pesticide collection
program and empty pesticide bag program in 1998 and 2006 respectively.
In recent years, CleanFARMS has broadened its focus by piloting
collection programs for plastic pots, trays, and seed and pesticide
For more information on CleanFARMS' work in Ontario, please visit www.cleanfarms.ca.
SOURCE: CleanFARMS Inc.
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