Farmers in Rocky View County, Alberta turned in 9,635 kilograms (kg) of unwanted or obsolete pesticides for safe and environmentally responsible disposal in 2011 thanks to CleanFARMS’ obsolete pesticide collection program.
The program was held at 12 locations in Rocky View County in spring, summer and fall 2011 where farmers could drop off their unwanted pesticides at no cost.
This was the second year in a row that the program was held in the municipality.
In 2010, the program helped Rocky View County farmers turn in 11,275 kg of obsolete pesticides.
"Farmers are always looking to make smart choices for their farms and for the environment,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS. “This program allows them to dispose of old or unwanted pesticides in an environmentally responsible way."
Since 1998, the CleanFARMS obsolete pesticide collection program has collected more than 1.5 million kg of obsolete, commercial-grade pesticides in Canada.
For more information, visit http://www.cleanfarms.ca/.
This news item first appeared in EcoLog News (2/17/12). To learn how to subscribe, visit http://www.ecolog.com/