This fall, farmers in Prince Edward Island (PEI) can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old, obsolete livestock and equine medications through a Cleanfarms clean-up program.
Cleanfarms is operating the collection events at seven local ag retailer locations from November 2 to 13.
“We know farmers wait for this program to come back to their region. It’s their chance to take unused and unwanted ag pesticides and old, obsolete livestock and equine meds to collection sites for safe, environmentally responsible disposal. Through this program, we help farmers keep their farms clean and sustainable. And farmers can dispose of these materials at no cost to them,” said Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen.
The crop protection industry, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), covers the full cost of operating the program and disposing of the materials safely.
Since the program began, more than 3.4 million kg of unwanted pesticides and 47,800 kg of obsolete farm animal (cattle, horses, goats, poultry) health medications have been collected across the country.
This year’s PEI collection sites are (in alpha order):
- BLOOMFIELD – McCain Fertilizer – 902-969-8100
- CHARLOTTETOWN – Cavendish Agri Services – 902-566-5597
- NEW PERTH – McCain Fertilizer – 902-969-8100
- O’LEARY – Cavendish Agri Services – 902-859-2200
- SUMMERSIDE – McCain Fertilizer – 902-969-8100
- SUMMERSIDE/KENSINGTON – Cavendish Agri Services – 902-436-4884
- TRAVELLER’S REST/SUMMERSIDE – PEI Agromart | Robinsons – 902-436-1600
Collection days are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Other details can be found on Cleanfarms.ca under “what to recycle & where”. This year, COVID precautions will be in place.
Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include:
- old or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label)
- commercial pesticides for golf courses and industrial and commercial pest control products (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label)
- medications that are used in rearing animals in an agricultural context or for equine use (identified with a DIN number, serial number or Pest Control Product number on the label)
The program does 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.
Cleanfarms rotates the program to regions across Canada every three years. After this year, collection will return to PEI in 2023.