ETOBICOKE, ON, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Saskatchewan farmers turned in more
than 60,000 kilograms of obsolete or unwanted pesticides last year for
The program took place over a three day-period in central and northern
Saskatchewan where almost 60,400 kilograms were collected. This,
combined with the more than 35,000 kilograms collected the previous
year in southern Saskatchewan makes for a total of 95,400 kilograms of
obsolete pesticides collected over a two-year period from Saskatchewan
"We're very pleased to see two years of successful collections in the
province," says Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS.
"Saskatchewan farmers are responsible land stewards and their
participation in this program is a testament to their commitment."
The obsolete pesticide collection program is operated by CleanFARMS, a
national industry-led agricultural waste stewardship organization.
Since 1998, Saskatchewan farmers have turned in almost 380,000 kilograms
of obsolete pesticides. After collection, the pesticides are taken to a
licensed waste management facility where they are safely disposed
through high-temperature incineration.
"The success of this program shows that Saskatchewan farmers want to
dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides in a safe and
environmentally responsible way. We're grateful that programs like the
one offered by CleanFARMS provide this opportunity," says Norman Hall,
president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.
The obsolete pesticide collection program generally comes to the
province every three years and is free for farmers to participate in.
In between collections, farmers are asked to safely store their
unwanted pesticides until they can properly dispose of them through the
obsolete pesticide collection program.
The program is part of the plant science industry's commitment to
responsible lifecycle management of its products.
For more information, visit www.cleanfarms.ca.