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Free farm disposal program starts tomorrow

logo rgb no taglineFarmers can safely dispose of their obsolete pesticides, unused animal health products and used sharps at collection sites across Ontario this week.

The CleanFARMS blitz program starts tomorrow and will run until October 22 as part of an Ontario government-supported Great Lakes Basin water quality initiative that offers farmers a free, safe way to recycle and dispose of these items.

Sixteen collection sites have been designated across the province, where farmers will be able to bring their obsolete crop protection and animal health products and used sharps (needles, syringes and scalpel blades) during the three day blitz. There is no charge to farmers for the program.

Agricultural pesticide products being returned should have a PCP number on the container. Acceptable animal health products should have a label with a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or contains the terms “vaccine, bacterin, toxoid, antitoxin, antibody or diagnostic”.

Collection sites will not accept pesticides and animal health products in aerosol containers, medicated feed, premise disinfectants, or any household or human use items. Loose sharps will not be accepted – they must be brought in a closed rigid container. Ziploc bags are not acceptable.

Pesticide collection programs have been run in Canada by CropLife Canada since 1998 under the CleanFARMS banner. This year’s CleanFARMS program is co-ordinated by AGCare with financial support from CropLife Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Other project partners include Ontario Farm Animal Council, Canadian Animal Health Institute, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and Ontario Agri Business Association.

Collection site locations:

Ailsa Craig: Hensall District Co-operative, 116 Main Street
Arnprior: M&R Feeds and Farm Supply Ltd., 70 Decosta Street
Bethany: Thompsons Limited, 9 Elevator Road
Brodhagen: Hoegy’s Farm Supply Ltd., 6777 Perth Line 44
Courtland: Cargill, 159 Talbot Street
Dundalk: Huron Bay Co-operative, 35 Dundalk Street
Harriston: North Wellington Co-operative Services Inc., 56 Margaret Street South
Kitchener: GROWMARK Inc. – Distribution Centre, 1 Chandaria Place, Unit 7
Lancaster: Munro’s Agromart Ltd., 6011 Hwy #34
Napanee: O’Neill’s Farm Supply, 1 Dairy Avenue
Jordan Station: Vineland Growers Co-operative Ltd., 4150 Jordan Road
Thornloe: Co-op Regionale – Temiskaming Ag Centre, 964027 Development Road, New Liskeard
Orangeville: Holmes Agro Ltd., 473088 County Road 11
Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Co-op Farm Supply, 560 Boundary Drive
Tilbury: Cargill, 23404 Wheatley Road
Vienna: Max Underhill’s Farm Supply Ltd., 56532 Calton Line

For more information, visit www.agcare.org or www.croplife.ca.

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