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Crop Protection Product Disposal and Safety

By: Richard Wilkins, Provincial Specialist, Pesticide Regulatory

Article: The Obsolete Pesticide and Livestock Medication Disposal Program, operated by CleanFARMS, is coming to southern Saskatchewan this fall.   

We encourage all producers to take a look around your Quonset and other storage areas to see if there are any unwanted or obsolete farm chemicals to dispose of. If so, please take them into one of the designated ag-retail collection and disposal sites. The dates for the collection events are Oct. 23 to 27 at 20 different locations in Saskatchewan. There is no charge for participating in this program.

Take the appropriate safety precautions when handling these products. Make sure to use your personal protective equipment, the same equipment you would use during any handling or mixing of the product. 

If the pesticide container is compromised, take special care to prepare the obsolete chemical for transport. Place the entire container in a plastic bag and then in an oversized container such as a plastic garbage bin, and surround it with an absorbent material such as kitty litter or Zorball. Secure the lid and seal it with duct tape. Transport the product in a secure and upright position.

At the collection site, a licensed hazardous waste hauler will safely manage the products and send them for environmentally responsible disposal via high temperature incineration. CleanFARMS offers the program in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) to growers across the province. 

As the 2017 collection sites are only in the southern portion of the province, the northern portion of the grain belt will have collection event scheduled for fall of 2018. Producers in the northern areas of the province are encouraged to check CleanFARMS periodically for updates on next year’s activity.

Interesting Facts

  • More than 2.8 million kg of pesticide have been collected and safely disposed of since the inception of the program.
  • Since 1998, CleanFARMS has collected more than 560,000 kg in Saskatchewan, 20 per cent of the national aggregate total.
  • In 2014 and 2015, CleanFARMS collected more than 154,000 kg of pesticide and 1,800 kg of livestock medications across the province.
  • Saskatchewan is the largest user of pest control product in Canada, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of pesticide sales. This isn’t surprising, considering we have more than 40 per cent of the cultivated land in Canada.
  • Saskatchewan also leads the nation in pesticide container recycling, recycling approximately 70 per cent of pesticide containers.

For a listing of sites and additional program information, or for information on any of the other stewardship programs, such as the pesticide container recycling program or agricultural plastics, call 877-622-4460 or visit the CleanFARMS website.

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