Over 9,700 kilograms of agricultural obsolete pesticides removed from British Columbia

    TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - During a recent agricultural obsolete pesticide
collection campaign, farmers in British Columbia brought in 9,789 kilograms of
unwanted and obsolete pesticides across the province for safe disposal.
    "This program provided a safe, effective and cost-free way for farmers to
properly dispose of obsolete products," says Cam Davreux, Vice President,
CropLife Canada. "Thanks to their efforts and support from government,
industry, ag-retailers and farmers, we have ensured the proper management of
our crop protection products."
    The Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign is an industry-led stewardship
program aimed at collecting and safely disposing of obsolete agricultural
pesticides. CropLife Canada partnered with BC Agriculture Council's
Agriculture Environment Initiatives; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; BC
Ministry of Environment; BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands; Environment
Canada; Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC, and Health Canada's Pest
Management Regulatory Agency to undertake the Obsolete Collection Campaign.
    "I want to congratulate the farmers who participated in this pesticide
collection program," said Brian Baehr, Agriculture Environment Initiatives
Coordinator for the BC Agriculture Council. "Our joint efforts demonstrate our
commitment to the environment and the safety of our communities."
    "These types of programs build upon industry's commitment to environment
and public health," says Cam Davreux, CropLife Canada Vice President.
"Stewardship has and will always be our number one priority. This collection
program is part of our commitment to environmental responsibility and CropLife
Canada's stewardshipfirst(TM) program, which promotes safe and responsible use
of crop protection products from development through to disposal."
    Since the program commenced in 2000, CropLife Canada and its stakeholders
have collected 174,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides from farmers in
British Columbia.

    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 British Columbia 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.

For further information:

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

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