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Disposal program for obsolete pesticides in Quebec


September 30, 2014
By CleanFARMS

Sept. 30, 2014, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que. — Farmers in Quebec can
safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides
and livestock (including equine) medications beginning today through to
Oct. 11.

Sept. 30, 2014, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que. — Farmers in Quebec can safely and responsibly dispose of their unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock (including equine) medications beginning today through to Oct. 11.

CleanFARMS, an industry-led, national not-for-profit agricultural waste management organization, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) is offering the program. There is no charge to farmers.

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Quebec farmers have a long history of good stewardship practices. Last year, CleanFARMS partnered with L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) to offer a province-wide collection program at 11 ag-retail locations.

In total, 51,047 kilograms of obsolete pesticides were collected and safely disposed of during the campaign.

“This program offers a concrete solution for safe disposal of products that could otherwise be harmful to the environment. In this sense, it satisfies a real need and will, over time, become an almost-essential service,” said Marcel Groleau, president of Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA).

“Once again, the Union is proud to be associated with the obsolete collections campaign and welcomes agricultural producers to do their part for the environment through participating, in large numbers, in this provincial campaign.”

After collection, the pesticides are taken to a licensed waste management facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.

The following locations will be accepting obsolete pesticides and livestock/equine medications from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.:

Abitibi/Outaouais

• Thurso, September 30, October 1-2 La Coop Agrodor

• Ville-Marie, September 30, October 1-2

La Coop Van Nord

• Amos, September 30, October 1-2 La Coop Val Nord
Bas Saint-Laurent/Gaspesie

•  Amqui, September 30, October 1-2: La Coop Matapedienne

• Sanit-Philippe-de-Neri, October 9: Dynaco

Capitale-National/Mauricie

• Saint-Casimir, October 3: La Coop Univert

• St.Augustin-de-Desmaures, October 7 Synagri

• Saint-Hyacinthe, September 30 La Coop Comax

• Napierville, October 2 La Coop Uniforce

• Granby, October 8 La Coop Monteregienne

• Saint-Clet, October 9 Synagri

• St-Remi, October 9 AgroCentre St-Remi

Lanaudiere

• St-Thomas-de-Joliette, October 1 AgroCentre Lanaudiere

• Mirabel, October 8 Meunerie, Mondou

Centre-du-Quebec/Chaudiere/Estrie

• Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage, October 8 La Coop Seigneurie

• Victoriaville, October 2 La Coop des Bois Franc

• Coaticook, October 7 Centre Vegetal Coop de L’estrie
Saguenay

• Normandin, September 30-October 2, October 7 La Coop des Deux Rives

• Saint-Bruno-Lac-Saint-Jean, October 7 Synagri

Pomiculture

• Rougemont, September 9-11 Centre Agricole Bienvenue

The obsolete collection program is a national program that comes to each province on a three-year rotating basis. In between collection periods, farmers are asked to safely store their unwanted pesticides and livestock medications until they can properly dispose of them through the program.

BACKGROUNDER

The obsolete pesticide collection program was launched by industry in 1998 as part of its commitment to the responsible lifecycle management of its products.

In 2010, CleanFARMS was formed to manage several industry-funded agricultural waste management programs, including the obsolete pesticide collection program.

The collection of obsolete medications for livestock and horses has been added to the obsolete collections campaign for the first time this year (2014).


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