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October 18-25, 2004
Third Operation CleanFarm campaign offers free collection of old pesticide products
EDMONTON, ALTA-The third and final Operation CleanFarm campaign was held last week, from October 19-21 in southern Alberta. The stewardship program initiated by CropLife Canada program offers farmers the opportunity to dispose of old crop protection products at no cost, dropping off old pesticides such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides at 31 collections sites set up throughout southern Alberta. In 2003, phase two of the program collected 90,000 kg of old pesticides. The initiative is part of a Canada-wide obsolete pesticide collection and disposal program first introduced by CropLife Canada in 1998. To date, 690,000 kg of obsolete agricultural pesticides have been collected coast to coast. Funding for Operation CleanFarm in Alberta is shared by CropLife Canada with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) Fund. Other sponsors who contributed time, expertise and facilities include: the Canadian Association of Agri Retailers; Alberta Environment; Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development; the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties; and the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan.