Oct. 24, 2016
Newfoundland farmers are invited to safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications from October 18-20.
CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, is offering this program at no cost to farmers.
"The members of the Canadian Animal Health Institute were pleased to participate in this important program. It demonstrates our industry's commitment to safely managing animal medications throughout their lifecycle," says Jean Szkotnicki, President of CAHI. "We were pleased to partner with CleanFARMS by providing Newfoundland and Labrador's livestock and equine community with this service for the first time."
Farmers in Newfoundland have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since 1998, Newfoundland farmers have turned in more than 4,300 kilograms of obsolete pesticides. This year is the first time in Newfoundland livestock and equine medications have been added to the program.
"Newfoundland has a history of successful collections," said Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS. "The participation ofNewfoundland farmers shows they are good stewards of their land and committed to protecting the environment."
After collection, the pesticides and medications are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.