Cleanfarms is collecting unwanted agricultural pesticides and old livestock/equine medications in two BC regions this fall

Cleanfarms is collecting unwanted agricultural pesticides and old livestock/equine medications in two BC regions this fall

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Vancouver Island

  • Cumberland – 2nd October
  • Duncan – 3rd of October
  • Victoria – October 4

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Fraser Valley

  • Delta – October 10th
  • Langley – October 11
  • Abbotsford – October 12 and 13

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta, Sept. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This fall, farmers in British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and Fraser Valley can safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and old, outdated livestock and equine medications through the Cleanfarms program.

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Cleanfarms operates collection events at three municipal depots on Vancouver Island and four ag retail stores in the Fraser Valley.

On Vancouver Island, events run from Monday, October 2nd to Wednesday, October 4th.

In the Fraser Valley, events run from Tuesday, October 10 to Friday, October 13.

“Every time we’re here, the farmers show us how important this program is to them. They save materials and drive them to these events for free because they realize it helps keep their farms clean and ensures these materials don’t go to landfill,” says Cleanfarms Executive Director Barry Friesen. “It’s a great way for our team to meet farmers and learn what they’re up to, while providing a service that’s valuable to them and the region as a whole.”

The crop protection industry, in partnership with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), covers all costs of running the program and safely disposing of the materials.

Since the program began, more than 4,200 tonnes of unwanted pesticides and 67.3 tonnes of obsolete livestock medicines (cattle, horses, goats, poultry) have been collected across Canada.

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This year’s collection points are in:

Vancouver Island

  • Cumberland – Oct. 2 – Comox Valley Waste Management Centre, 250-336-8083
  • Duncan – Oct. 3 – Bings Creek Recycling Centre, 250-746-2540
  • Victoria – Oct. 4 – Hartland Landfill, 250-360-3410

Fraser Valley

  • Delta – October 10 – Evergro, Nutrien Solutions Division, 604-940-0290
  • Langley – Oct. 11 – Professional Ag Distribution Inc., 604-768-5602
  • Abbotsford – October 12 – Terralink, 604-864-9044
  • Abbotsford – October 13 – Evergro, Nutrien Solutions Division, 604-850-9500

Events are held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more details, visit under “what to recycle and where”.

Materials accepted in the Cleanfarms program include:

  • Unwanted (or “obsolete”) agricultural pesticides (identified by the pest control product number on the label, including used anti-mite strips)
  • Commercial golf course pesticides and industrial and commercial pest control products (identified by the pest control product number on the label)
  • Livestock/Equine medicines used on the farm in the rearing of livestock, poultry or horses in an agricultural context (identified by DIN number, serial number, notification number or pest control product number on the label)

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The program does NOT accept:

  • Fertilizer (including nitric acid), diluted rinse solution, large amount of unopened product
  • Full and unopened jugs of adjuvant or surfactant
  • Treated seed
  • Needles or sharps, medicated feed, aerosol containers, disinfectants and disinfectants (including formaldehyde), waste and drugs from veterinary clinics, ear tags and aerosols
  • Homemade pesticides, fertilizers and animal health products
  • Any other household hazardous waste

Cleanfarms rotates the program every three years to regions across Canada. Events will return to the Okanagan, Interior and Kootenay regions next fall (2024), before returning to Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley in 2026.

About Cleanfarms

Clean farms is an agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and sustainable future by recovering and recycling agricultural and related industrial plastics, packaging and products. It is funded by its members in the crop protection, seed, fertilizer, animal health pharmaceuticals and ag plastics industries. It has employees in Lethbridge, Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Etobicoke, Ontario; and St-Bruno, Quebec.

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In addition to this program, Cleanfarms collects empty plastic agricultural pesticide and fertilizer containers, grain sacks and twine for recycling. Cleanfarms also collects seed bags east of British Columbia and fertilizer bags (Quebec and PEI only) for responsible disposal.

Questions about which products are accepted in this collection program can be directed to 877-622-4460 or email Cleanfarms at


Barbara McConnell
P. 613-471-1816
M. 416-452-2373

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

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