A well-established obsolete pesticide collection program is being expanded this year to also provide farmers with safe disposal for unused animal health products and sharps.
This first-of-its-kind program is taking place this fall as part of an Ontario government-supported Great Lakes Basin water quality initiative that offers farmers a way to recycle these items.
As part of this project, from Oct. 20 to 22 farmers will be able to bring their obsolete pesticides, unused animal health products and used sharps (needles, syringes and scalpel blades) to a series of 16 collection sites across the province for safe and environmentally responsible disposal.
The service is free of charge.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this free service to farmers this year as a way of better protecting the environment and our water quality,” says Lilian Schaer, project manager with AGCare, the organization leading the program.
“This is the first time we are offering collection for all of these products together and we are encouraging farmers to participate.”
Dr. Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, added, “Our industry has a deep commitment to sound stewardship practices and CropLife Canada is pleased that our obsolete collection program is being expanded to help farmers dispose of more items than ever before.”
Pesticide collection programs have been run in Canada by CropLife Canada since 1998 under the CleanFARMSTM banner.
More than 270,000 kilograms of obsolete product have been collected in Ontario during previous collection campaigns in 2001 and 2005. A pilot project collecting just animal health products and used sharps was held at six collection sites in Ontario last fall. This year’s expanded program is being run on a trial basis in conjunction with a feasibility study looking at long term, sustainable collection options.
For more information, visit agcare.org or ofac.org.