By Richard Wilkins, Provincial Specialist – Pesticide Regulatory, Regina
With the majority of farm chemical application done and harvest around the corner, producers may find themselves with a left over supply of unwanted or obsolete farm chemicals. Similarly, livestock producers may also have some expired livestock medicine, which is no longer usable. The question then becomes how can these products be safely disposed of in an environmentally sound manner? Cleanfarms has a solution.
Cleanfarms is an industry sponsored, not-for-profit, stewardship organization that delivers recycling and disposal solutions to help producers and their communities safely manage farm waste. Cleanfarms' mandate is to support agriculture to be both responsible and sustainable in all operations, particularly recycling. Its ultimate vision is to achieve zero waste from our farming practices.
In 2020, Cleanfarms will be running its long-standing Unwanted Pesticides and Livestock/Equine Medications collection program. Cleanfarms runs this collection program in Saskatchewan and other provinces every three years on a rotating basis.
The targeted regions this year includes Southern Saskatchewan. The dates for Southern Saskatchewan are October 26 to 30, 2020. Northern Saskatchewan will have collection events in 2021. For more information on the type of material that can be disposed of through these collection events, the dates and location of the collection, please visit the fall 2020 collection page. The materials collected will be transported by a licensed waste hauler to a high temperature incinerator facility for safe disposal. The program is offered to producers at no cost.
Since the inception of the program, between 2007 and 2019, approximately 670,000 kilograms of unwanted farm chemicals have been collected from Saskatchewan producers. The last time the program was offered in Saskatchewan, approximately 185,000 kilograms of material was collected. For all of Canada, 3,242 tonnes of expired, unwanted and obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications have been safely removed from the environment.
The Ministry of Agriculture strongly encourages producers to participate in this program and safely dispose of expired, unwanted and obsolete pesticides and livestock medications.
For additional information on this or other Cleanfarms recycling initiatives pesticide containers, used grain bags, empty seed, pesticide and fertilizer bags, bailer twine and more, please visit the Cleanfarms website.