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Say good riddance to your old livestock meds

Location of collection sites for each province to be announced this summer

CleanFARMS and the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) will once again be offering collection of obsolete (old, unwanted) livestock medications in conjunction with the obsolete pesticide collection program.

The 2015 schedule takes the program to the Okanagan, Interior and Kootenay regions of British Columbia, Red Deer-south region of Alberta, Davidson-north region of Saskatchewan and across the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The schedule and drop-off locations will be announced this summer.

There is no collection charge and the unwanted products will be safely transported for disposal at a high-temperature incineration facility.

Collection of obsolete livestock medications was introduced as a pilot project in Ontario in 2013 and last year was added to the regular schedule for obsolete pesticide collections. CleanFARMS has been running the obsolete pesticide collection program since 1998 offering the service in each province at least every three years.

In 2016, collection points will be organized for Red Deer-north in Alberta and the whole of Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland. The rotation starts over again in 2017 with the return to British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, Davidson-south in Saskatchewan, and across Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

The CAHI’s members are developers, manufacturers and distributors of animal health products.

CleanFARMS is an industry stewardship organization focused on proper management of agricultural plastic packaging and other non-organic waste generated on farms. It is funded by members from Canada’s crop science industry (developers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pest control products and fertilizers) with costs recovered in the purchase price of products. Other funders may be involved depending on the province and project.

CleanFARMS’ flagship collection program for empty pesticide and fertilizer containers hit a landmark in 2013 with the 100th million container collected for recycling since the program was launched in 1989.

Collection of empty seed and pesticide bags is being introduced this year from May through September in agricultural regions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

After two years of piloting a collection program for ag film (plastic bale and silage wrap and grain bags) and plastic twine in Manitoba, this new service was scheduled for the last week in March and will run again October 26-31 in the Neepawa area, Steinbach, and rural municipalities of Dauphin, Norfolk-Treherne, Portage la Prairie, and Edward. Funding was provided by Green Manitoba, an agency of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture funded the 2013 pilot for collecting plastic ag film and twine in Ontario. Other private and local collections are now serving the province’s needs.

CleanFARMS spokesperson Erin O’Hara says options for recycling these products seem to be opening up as technology changes. A few companies are now actively looking for plastic ag film and twine. One recycler is trying to recycle netting.

For more information visit cleanfarms.ca.

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