A new organization called CleanFARMS™ Inc. has been launched to build on successful agricultural stewardship programs started by CropLife Canada, Canada’s plant science industry trade association, more than 20 years ago.
CleanFARMS Inc. will continue to deliver its successful empty-container and obsolete-pesticide collection programs, but will also look at developing new programs to help reduce, reuse, recycle and safely dispose of other agricultural wastes.
“Canada’s plant science industry is committed to properly managing the full lifecycle of its products. That commitment has made our stewardship initiatives extremely successful — so much so that it merits the creation of a separate entity,” says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada.
Leading CleanFARMS Inc. will be general manager, Barry Friesen who has a long history of leading recycling and waste management programs.
“Today’s farmer knows that recycling agricultural waste makes sense and that taking part in CleanFARMS Inc. programs is easy to do. That’s why the industry’s programs have been so successful and it’s also why we believe there will be opportunities to do more,” Friesen says.