Pesticide collection program a success again

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Alberta farmers returned 70,737 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides and 2,162 kilograms of livestock and equine medications during CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign last fall.

The program, which took place at 20 participating ag-retail locations in southern Alberta in October, was the third CleanFARMS collection in the province, but the first to accept both pesticides and livestock medications.

“It demonstrates our industry’s commitment to safely managing animal medications throughout their life cycle,” said Jean Szkotnicki, president of the Canadian Animal Health Institute, which partnered with CleanFARMS for the dual collection.

In the last southern Alberta collection in 2012 more than 66,000 kilograms of product were collected and safely disposed of.

The program is generally delivered in each province or region of the country every three years and comes at no cost to farmers. The program will be delivered in the northern half of Alberta in the fall of 2016. In between collections, farmers are encouraged to safely store unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

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