CleanFARMS recognized for environmental protection
By Top Crop Manager
July 31, 2013, Toronto – CleanFARMS has been awarded the 2012 Ontario Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence.
This award recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership and innovation in environmental protection. CleanFARMS won the award for the non-governmental organization category.
The plant science industry broke new ground when the empty pesticide container program, now one of Canada's longest running voluntary stewardship programs, was launched in 1989. The industry's commitment to end of life management of its products grew with the creation of the obsolete pesticide collection program and empty pesticide bag program in 1998 and 2006 respectively. This year, the empty pesticide container program was expanded to include fertilizer jugs and pails.
In recent years, the organization has broadened its focus by piloting collection programs for plastic pots, trays, bale and boat wrap, and working with a multi-stakeholder committee to examine how to divert other non-organic agricultural waste streams from Ontario landfills.