October 3, 2005

Waste farm chemicals to be collected under CropLife program

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT-CropLife Canada will be holding its Ontario Waste Agricultural Pesticides collection program on November 22 and 23, 2005 at Agri-Chemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) sites across Ontario certified to handle and properly store pesticides. The initiative will enable farmers to bring unwanted or old pesticides free of charge to 13 select farm supply dealers across Ontario. A contractor approved by the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) will then dispose of the old pesticides. Certain products will not be accepted, namely empty pesticide containers, treated seed, home/garden pesticides, paints, thinners, waste oils or any other household hazardous wastes. The program is funded primarily by CropLife Canada, the MOE and Environment Canada, with assistance from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Adaptation Council's CanAdvance Program. Other supporters include AGCare, the Ontario Agri Business Association and its network of participating agricultural dealers, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. More information, including a list of collection sites and details on safe transportation of pesticides, is available by calling 1-877-424-1300 (toll free), or on the CropLife Canada Web site, www.croplife.ca.

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