Have old pesticides? Safely dispose of them this year with CleanFarms

CleanFarms obsolete pesticides and livestock disposal bin at a pick-up site in Saskatchewan on Oct. 20, 2017. (@CleanFarms/Twitter)

Cleaning up around your farm probably isn’t top of mind at the moment, but as it gets closer to October you may find yourself with some time to clean up the shop or quonset.

Free of charge to farmers, CleanFarms is about to start its triennial obsolete pesticides and livestock medication disposal program in various regions across Canada.

As Shane Hedderson, western regional manager for CleanFarms explains, the program is a chance to safely get rid of all the unwanted or unusable chemicals you might come across in farm storage.

“The reason why (it’s every three years), is that farmers usually buy what they need and use what they buy,” he says.  “So year after year we’re seeing that growers generally don’t have a lot of old pesticides and livestock meds to get rid of, so it makes more sense for the program to run every three years rather than every year.”

The obsolete chemical program initially started back in the late 90s, according to Hedderson. (story continues below)

“We send all this material for safe, hazardous destruction as you can imagine is quite expensive, so in order for us to keep this program free to farmers, we run it three years to keep our costs inline,” he says. The program is fully funded by the crop protection industry and the Canadian Animal Health Institute.

Hedderson says items farmers are not allowed to drop off include: needles and sharps, aerosols, fertilizers, and other household hazardous wastes.

The 2018 fall program will begin October 1 and runs until November 16. Click on your province below to find out when the CleanFarms pick-up site will be near you.

British Columbia Fall 2018

Alberta Fall 2018

Saskatchewan Fall 2018

Nova Scotia Fall 2018

New Brunswick Fall 2018

 

Jessika Guse

Jessika Guse is RealAgriculture's newest field editor and news lead for RealAg Radio. She's been a reporter since 2015 and has covered a variety of topics including one of her favourites, agriculture! Although she's never grown up on the farm, she loves helping out and learning as much as she can when she visits her families heritage farm near Ebenezer, Sask. You can find Jessika on Twitter at @JessikaGuse

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