AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Collection of obsolete pesticides, livestock medication Oct. 15 in Vanderhoof

Clean Farms program offers safe way to dispose of obsolete items

A non-profit environmental stewardship organization, Clean Farms, is providing an obsolete pesticide and livestock medication collection in October in various parts of B.C.’s Interior.

The local collection will take place in Vanderhoof on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glen Dale Agra, 1055 Highway 16 West.

Clean Farms’ website says it offers the collection at least once every three years for no charge, in partnership with CropLife Canada and the Canadian Animal Health Institute. The products are then transported to a high temperature incineration facility where they are safely disposed of.

Farmers in British Columbia have a long history of good stewardship practices. Since the program launched in 1998, approximately three million kilograms of obsolete pesticides have been collected and safely disposed of. Medications were added to the program in 2014.

“We are pleased with the success of our collection programs in the past,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of Clean Farms.

“It’s clear that British Columbia farmers are committed to the environment and to doing the right thing.”

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