GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Sept. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Farmers from the Peace Region of Alberta and British Columbia are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from September 21-23. This program is offered at no cost to farmers.
CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and CropLife Canada to provide this free program.
"We are pleased with the success of our collection programs in the past," says Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. "It's clear that Peace Region farmers are committed to the environment and to doing the right thing."
Farmers in the Peace Region have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, area farmers have turned in over 40,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides.
"Alberta farmers are environmentally conscious and are pleased to partner with CleanFARMS to safely dispose of obsolete pesticides and livestock medications," says 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."
This year will be the first that CleanFARMS will be collecting livestock and equine medications as part of the collection program in the Peace Region. After collection, the pesticides and 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:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
- Crop Production Services in Fort St John, BC, 250-785-3445
- Dunvegan Ag Solutions in Rycroft, AB, 780-765-2865
Thursday, September 22, 2016
- Richardson Pioneer in Dawson Creek, BC , 250-782-9264
- Richardson Pioneer in Manning, AB, 780-836-2771
Friday, September 23, 2016
- UFA in Fairview, AB, 780-835-2288
- Crop Production Services in High Prairie, AB, 780-523-3266
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.
SOURCE CleanFARMS Inc.
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