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Dispose of old pesticides and livestock meds

Twenty-six locations named across the province

Cleanfarms is collecting old, unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications in six locations in the Peace region from Oct. 16-18 and at 20 locations in northern Alberta from Oct. 7-11. Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label) and livestock/equine medications […] Read more



Ag plastic recycling to start this fall

Cleanfarms has been chosen to operate a three-year pilot program to collect grain bags and twine in Alberta for recycling. In its first year, there will be up to 20 collection sites in operation this fall, said Alberta Beef Producers, which helped to choose the national non-profit organization to run the pilot. ABP and the […] Read more

Agricultural plastics not part of federal ban

The federal government’s plan to halt Canada’s consumption of single-use plastics such as shopping bags, straws and stir sticks over the next couple of years won’t extend to farm chemical containers and grain bags. Cleanfarms, the national industry stewardship body operating waste management and recycling programs for agricultural packaging, said Thursday that plastic products such […] Read more


This is just a tiny fraction of the 126 million plastic jugs that have been collected by Cleanfarms and recycled.

Cleanfarms raises the bar on recycling of ag containers

The stewardship organization wants to recycle 100 per cent of agricultural plastic jugs this year

In the three decades since Cleanfarms began collecting agricultural plastic containers, about 126 million plastic jugs have been recycled into new products instead of being disposed in landfills. The voluntary stewardship program in Prairie communities currently recovers about 65 per cent of the smaller plastic containers (23 litres or smaller) that are placed on the […] Read more

Alberta farmers have been grappling with the issue of waste plastic for years, but most don’t have a recycling option.

Pilot program to search for solutions for mountain of plastic waste

Thousands of tonnes of old grain bags and twine are burned or put in landfills each year in Alberta

Alberta Beef Producers has been given a $750,000 grant to co-ordinate a three-year recycling pilot program and look for a permanent solution for dealing with the tonnes of plastic waste generated by farms and ranches every year. The pilot will examine the logistics and costs of recycling grain bags and twine. It will also look […] Read more


Free disposal of old pesticides and medications coming in October

Twenty locations available across the province

Farmers in southern Alberta can dispose of old pesticides or livestock medications at one of 20 locations in October. The chemicals and medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the following locations: Oct. 22: South Country Co-op, Vauxhall; Fox Lake Agro Services, Hanna; Richardson Pioneer, Olds; and South Country Co-op, […] Read more

Dispose of unwanted pesticides and livestock meds this fall

Farmers in the Peace Region and central Alberta can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and equine/livestock medications at one of the designated collection sites this fall. Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label) will be accepted. Livestock medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing […] Read more


CleanFARMS collection begins this week

CleanFARMS is collecting obsolete pesticide and livestock medications this week at 20 locations across the southern part of the province. Farmers can drop off their obsolete materials at a designated collection site at no charge. The products will then be transported to a high-temperature incineration facility for safe disposal. Pickups will occur at four locations […] Read more

Recycle your pesticide containers

Farmers can recycle empty commercial pesticide and fertilizer containers at no charge. Clean empty containers that are 23 litres or smaller can be taken to the nearest collection site. Containers larger than 23 litres should be returned to the point of sale or to the manufacturer for disposal. Containers used for home and garden care […] Read more