CAN (NS): Unwanted agricultural pesticides collected at no charge

Sometimes the business of farming results in leftover, unwanted agricultural pesticides or outdated equine/livestock medications. And sometimes disposing of these materials safely is difficult. But for farmers living in or near many Nova Scotian communities, they can take them to special collection events that Cleanfarms is holding at designated locations throughout the province from Monday, November 5 to Friday, November 16.

Cleanfarms is a Canadian non-profit organization that delivers recycling and disposal solutions that help farmers and their communities safely manage farm waste. Cleanfarms runs the unwanted pesticides and equine/livestock medications collection program in each province or region of the country every three years. There is no charge to farmers for using this Cleanfarms service to the agricultural community.

Collection events are scheduled at the following locations Nov. 5 – 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Amherst – Amherst Co-op, 17 Lawrence Street, 902-667-1278
  • Antigonish – Antigonish Farm & Garden Co-op, 91 Saint Andrew Street, 902-863-1436
  • Collingwood – Bragg Lumber Co., 99 Bragg Road, 902-686-3254
  • Bridgewater – Bridgewater Farmers Coop, 123 Elm Street, 902-543-2471
  • Kentville – Cavendish Agri Services Ltd., 1205 Hwy. 359, 902-678-6191
  • Truro – Cavendish Agri Services Ltd., 38 Wade Road, 902-893-6950
  • Truro – Truro Agromart Ltd., 547 Onslow Road, 902-895-2857
  • Wilmot- Cavendish Agri Services Ltd., 14062 Hwy. 1, 902-825-4878
  • Milford Station – Corridor Co-op, 2289 Hwy. 2, 902-758-2046
  • Halifax – Halifax Seed Co. Inc., 5860 Kane Street, 902-454-7456, ext. 134
  • Coldbrook – Scotian Gold Co-op Ltd., 7027 Hwy. 1, 902-679-7294
  • Sydney- United Farmers Co-op, 502 Keltic Drive, 902-564-8134

Cleanfarms will accept materials at the events at no charge and will dispose of the materials collected safely and responsibly. Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include:

  • old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label), and
  • equine and livestock medications that are used in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, serial number or Pest Control Product number on the label).

The program will not accept: 

  • fertilizer, diluted solution, large quantities of unopened product, and treated seed
  • needles/sharps, medicated feed, aerosol containers, premises disinfectants/sanitizers, veterinary clinic waste and medications, ear tags, and aerosols
  • any other household hazardous waste.

The program is funded by the crop protection industry and the Canadian Animal Health Institute and operated by Cleanfarms. An environmental stewardship organization, Cleanfarms works collaboratively with industry members, agricultural organizations and associations, and the government to ensure that Canadian farmers have opportunities to manage agricultural waste responsibly. In 2015, the last time this program was offered in Nova Scotia, Cleanfarms collected 9,789 kg. of unwanted pesticides and 305 kg of livestock and equine medications.

Questions about whether a product fits the scope of acceptable materials in this collection can be directed to 877-622-4460 or email Cleanfarms at info@cleanfarms.ca

For more information:
www.cleanfarms.ca


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