Wednesday December 7, 2011


Mother Earth Smiles 

Over 5-tons of pesticides turned in for proper disposal

Released by Clean Farms/ Web image


n an e-mail to the Voice on Wednesday, Clean Farms officials said "The Abbotsford location was intended to collect from farmers across the Fraser Valley. The 10,000 kg collected in Abbotsford would have included some pesticides from Chilliwack, but I'm not sure if CleanFarms collected information on which specific municipality the pesticides were from. The best person to answer this question is Erin O'Hara at CleanFarms as per the media release. She apparently also received a call directly from the Valley Voice which she has already answered as per the attached email."


Starlee Renton, from the City of Chilliwack, told the Voice in an e-mail also that pesticide collection in Chilliwack is done at the Chilliwack Bottle Depot located at 45934 Trethewey Ave. The depot takes pesticides for free disposal year-round and residents can dispose of unused pesticides during the City's annual Household Annual Waste Day held each October.


If citizens are unsure of where to dispose of something safely and in an environmentally friendly manner there is "a-z list" at their website here.


The following is the release from CleanFarms on Tuesday:


Farmers in Abbotsford, B.C. turned in 10,134 kilograms of obsolete pesticides during a two-day collection held in partnership with CleanFARMS and the City of Abbotsford.


"CleanFARMS is proud to offer collection programs to ensure unwanted or obsolete pesticides can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way, at no cost to farmers," said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS, a national, industry-led stewardship organization. "This collection was made a success thanks to the participation of both farmers and the municipality."


On Oct. 19 and 20, producers were invited to return their unwanted or obsolete pesticides at the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot. Throughout the month of October, collections were also held at four other locations in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.


"We were pleased to partner with CleanFARMS to deliver this program," says Barry Azevedo, water and solid waste engineering manager, City of Abbotsford. "The obsolete pesticide collection program makes it easy for farmers to safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted products, and this benefits the whole community."


CleanFARMS partnered with the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC), through the Agriculture Environment and Wildlife Fund of the BC Investment Agriculture Foundation, to fund and operate this program.


The CleanFARMS obsolete pesticide collection program is a national, industry-led program. Since 1998 more than 1.4 million kilograms of obsolete or unwanted agricultural pesticides have been collected through the program - more than 207,000 of which have been collected in British Columbia.  After collection, the pesticides are taken to a licensed disposal facility where they are disposed of through high temperature incineration.


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