VANCOUVER—Farmers in B.C. turned in 19,791 kilograms of obsolete and unwanted pesticides, and 156 kilograms of livestock and equine medications through CleanFARMS’ obsolete collection campaign in 2014.
Collections took place at five participating ag-retail and municipal locations in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia.
This is the fourth collection program CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led waste stewardship organization, has run in the province, and the first time that a combined collection of pesticides and livestock medications has been offered in B.C.
CleanFARMS partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to add the collection of livestock and equine medications to CleanFARMS’ existing obsolete pesticide collection program.
“Farmers want to do the right thing and responsibly manage the waste on their farms; this program really allows them to do this. The British Columbia Agricultural Council (BCAC) is proud to support a program like this that supports sustainable agriculture,” says Stan Vander Waal, chair of BCAC.
The obsolete collection program is part of the plant science and animal health industry’s commitment to the responsible life-cycle management of their products.