Unwanted chemicals and unused animal medications can stack up on a farm. Thankfully, there is a free, environmentally-responsible way to dispose of old or unwanted agricultural products in Alberta through the CleanFARMS program.
This fall, farmers and ranchers can visit one of 26 designated ag-retailers to safely dispose of unwanted, obsolete and expired agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications.
For 2016, there are two different time periods for the obsolete round up in Alberta:
- Peace Region: September 21 through 23, 2016; and
- Central Region (Red Deer to north of Edmonton): October 3 through 7, 2016
These CleanFARMS posters offer details on the collection sites, but you can also view this information online.
The obsolete collection program is funded by the plant science industry and members of the Canadian Animal Health Institute (www.cahi-icsa.ca). Once obsolete materials are dropped off at a designated collection site, the products are then transported to a high-temperature incineration facility where they are safely disposed of.
Products accepted at the collection sites include:
- Obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides (identified with a Pest Control Product number on the label).
- Livestock medications that are used by primary producers in the rearing of animals in an agricultural context (identified with a DIN number, Serial Number or Pest Control Product number on the label). Needles and other ‘sharps’ are not accepted.
If producers are unsure if a product fits the scope of this collection, they can call CleanFARMS at 1-877-622-4460, extension 2223.
For producers outside Alberta’s Peace and Central Regions, the collection program will be offered in southern Alberta in the fall of 2018. The obsolete collection program is typically delivered in each region every three years.
CleanFARMS is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that is committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. The CleanFARMS program helps environmentally-conscious farmers, ranchers and producers manage the waste generated by their rural-based businesses.
Since the program was first delivered in 1998, CropLife Canada/CleanFARMS have collected over 400,000 kilograms of obsolete pesticides in Alberta. For more information on the program or the collection campaign, visit the CleanFARMS website at www.cleanfarms.ca