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CleanFARMS™ at your disposal


October 6, 2009
By Dave Harrison


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CleanFARMS™ at your disposal
Ontario farmers can safely dispose of their obsolete
pesticides, livestock medicines and used sharp instruments (needles, syringes
and scalpel blades) under CleanFARMS™.



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Oct. 6, 2009 — Ontario farmers can safely dispose of their obsolete
pesticides, livestock medicines and used sharp instruments (needles, syringes
and scalpel blades) under CleanFARMS™.

This program will run Oct. 20-22 as part of an Ontario
government-supported Great Lakes Basin water quality initiative that offers
farmers a free, safe way to recycle and dispose of these items. There is no
charge to farmers for the program.

Collection locations include:

• Ailsa Craig: Hensall District
Co-operative.
• Arnprior: M&R Feeds and Farm Supply Ltd.
• Bethany: Thompsons Ltd.
• Brodhagen: Hoegy’s Farm Supply Ltd.
• Courtland: Cargill AgHorizons.
• Dundalk: Huron Bay Co-operative.
• Harriston: North Wellington Co-operative Inc.
• Kitchener: GROWMARK Inc. – Distribution Centre.

• Lancaster: Munro’s Agromart Ltd.
• Napanee: O’Neill’s Farm Supply.
• Jordan Station: Vineland Growers Co-operative Ltd.
• Thornloe: Co-op Regionale – Temiskaming Ag Centre.
• Orangeville: Holmes Agro Ltd.
• Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Co-op Farm Supply.
• Tilbury: Cargill AgHorizons.
• Vienna: Max Underhill’s Farm Supply Ltd.

“This is a unique opportunity for farmers
to safely dispose of these products free of charge,” says Lilian Schaer,
projects manager with AGCare, which is co-ordinating the program. “Every effort
helps when it comes to safeguarding our water quality.”

Agricultural pesticide products being
returned should have a PCP number on the container. Acceptable animal health
products should have a label with a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or
contains the terms “vaccine, bacterin, toxoid, antitoxin, antibody or
diagnostic.” Collection sites will not accept pesticides and animal health
products in aerosol containers, medicated feed, premise disinfectants, or any
household or human use items. Loose sharps will not be accepted – they must be
brought in a closed rigid container. Ziploc bags are not acceptable.

For more information, visit the AGCare or
Ontario Farm Animal Council websites, or
call the Ontario Farm Animal Council/AGCare at 519-837-1326. Farmers can also contact the
Agricultural
Information Contact Centre of the
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs toll-free at 877-424-1300 or (local) 519-826-4047,
or via e-mail at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.