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Our members


Enable environmental sustainability through effective stewardship of waste agricultural plastics and packaging.


To be the leading Canadian stewardship organization for recycling agricultural plastics and packaging.

Who we are

CleanFARMS is a non-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. CleanFARMS’ programs manage agricultural waste from farms across Canada and have been emulated internationally. The success of these programs highlight the commitment of farmers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, municipalities and provinces to agricultural environmental responsibility.

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CONTENTS Message from the general manager and chair of the board of directors––––––––––––– 2 Year in review–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 4 Collection programs––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 6 Empty container recycling program–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 7 Obsolete pesticide and livestock medications collection program–––––––––––––––– 9 Empty seed and pesticide bag program––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 11 Partnerships––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 12 Regulatory watch––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 16 Agricultural stewardship on display––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 18 Board of directors–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 21


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Message from the General Manager and the Chair of the Board of Directors

When our empty container recycling program was launched in 1989, the plant science industry was looking for a way to manage the waste left behind when their customers, Canada’s farmers, were done with the products they had purchased. Little did the industry know that 25 years later what started as a single program would become a suite of nationally successful stewardship programs, run by CleanFARMS. Over the past 25 years, CleanFARMS’ core programs – the empty container recycling program and the obsolete pesticide collection program, which launched a few years later – have had a significant impact on the protection of the environment and the ability to keep agricultural waste out of landfills. They have also served as a launching pad for new and expanded programming to meet the changing needs of the agricultural industry, such as the addition of livestock medications to the obsolete collection program and the empty seed and pesticide bag disposal program. This year, our programs saw great success and strong collection totals, proving once again that Canadian farmers from coast to coast are committed to sustainable farming. Building on the success of several pilot projects, CleanFARMS partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) in 2014 to offer a national obsolete livestock and equine medication collection program to farmers across the country, as part of the regularly scheduled obsolete pesticide collections. 2014 also saw the expansion of the empty seed and pesticide bag collection program. No longer offered solely in Atlantic Canada, farmers in southwestern Ontario and the Montérégie region of Quebec were given the opportunity to dispose of their empty seed and pesticide bags at a number of collection sites and turn their agricultural waste into energy.


25 Years of Helping Farmers

In Manitoba, CleanFARMS received funding for phase two of the Manitoba ag film and twine collection program in 2014. Bale and silage wrap, grain bags and twine collections will take place in select regions of the province in 2015. This year, CleanFARMS is proud to share the honour of the 2014 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention by the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development and the 2014 Rs of Excellence Award for Product Stewardship by the Recycling Council of Alberta with our members, Canadian farmers, agricultural retailers and stakeholders, who all play a central role in the success of our programs. With support from these groups as well as partners, the industry and provincial and municipal governments from across the country, CleanFARMS has been able to provide Canadian farmers with the proper tools and programs to minimize agricultural waste and has helped raise the profile of the plant science industry’s commitment to lifecycle stewardship. We look forward to 25 more years of success in responsible environmental stewardship. Sincerely,

Barry Friesen, P. Eng General manager CleanFARMS Inc.

Jay Bradshaw Chair CleanFARMS board of directors

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Year in

Review 4.5 million

223,831kg of obsolete pesticides RETURNED

empty pesticide and fertilizer containers RETURNED

BC 19,791kg SK 93,935kg QC 77,105kg PEI 33,000kg


of the total amount of containers SOLD

Reached the kilogram mark (cumulatively) on obsolete pesticide collections since the program's inception in 1998.


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First year PARTNERING nationally with the Canadian Animal Health Institute to collect obsolete livestock and equine medication.

of livestock medication RETURNED

BC 156kg SK 540kg QC 4,005kg PEI 350kg

Piloted the EMPTY SEED AND PESTICIDE BAG PROGRAM in Ontario and Quebec


empty seed and pesticide bags returned and converted into energy


awards won


the MANITOBA EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY AWARD for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship


2014 Rs OF EXCELLENCE AWARD for Product Stewardship



empty seed and pesticide bags returned and converted into energy in Atlantic Canada


Profiled FOUR HIGH PERFORMING Manitoba farmers

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Triple or pressure RINSE

Caps and booklet

To your local collection site

Empty Container Recycling Program CleanFARMS runs this award-winning program across Canada, in partnership with agricultural retailers and municipalities, to collect empty pesticide and fertilizer containers from the ag community and other commercial vegetation management users for recycling. Farmers triple or pressure rinse their empty containers, remove the cap and paper booklets and then return the containers to their local collection site. All plastic collected through the container management program is washed, shredded and sent to an approved end-use recycler for processing. The majority of CleanFARMS’ recycled plastic is turned into drainage tile to be used again on the farm. The empty container recycling program plays an important role in protecting the environment by keeping recyclable materials out of landfills and preventing them from being burned. Health, safety and environmental performance are top priorities for CleanFARMS and its members. Significant resources are put towards encouraging farmers to triple or pressure rinse containers before they are returned to a participating collection site. In addition, CleanFARMS ensures contractors transporting and handling empty containers operate according to comprehensive safety standards.

In 2014, the equivalent of

4.5 million empty pesticide and fertilizer containers

were returned to collection sites throughout Canada to be recycled.

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Last year marked the collection of our 100 millionth container since our award-winning, national program launched in 1989. As of this year, CleanFARMS has collected an equivalent of over 105 million containers. About 65 per cent of the total amount of containers sold into the marketplace are returned through the program.


2014 (kg of plastic collected)

Equivalent Containers collected

Collection sites

































Pesticides are also available in bulk container sizes (> 23 litres). CleanFARMS helps manage shredded plastic from these containers when they reach the end of their life span. In 2014, 206,170 kilograms of empty bulk pesticide containers (> 23 litres) were collected for recycling.

> 23 litres 8

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Obsolete Pesticide and Livestock Medication Collection Program CleanFARMS collects and safely disposes of obsolete or otherwise unwanted agricultural pesticides. The program offers farmers an environmentally responsible way to dispose of old or unwanted products. The program is delivered in each province or region at least once every three years. During a collection period farmers can return their obsolete pesticides at designated collection sites at no charge. The products are then transported by a licensed waste hauler to a high temperature incineration facility where they are safely disposed of.


of obsolete pesticides 2014 marked the first year that CleanFARMS have been collected and has partnered with the Canadian Animal Health safely destroyed since the Institute (CAHI) to deliver a national obsolete program was first delivered livestock and equine medication collection program in conjunction with the existing pesticide collection by CropLife Canada in 1998. program nationally. CAHI and its members had previously partnered with CleanFARMS in 2009, 2012 and 2013 on pilot programs to examine a livestock medication stewardship program before formalizing a national partnership with in 2014. In total 223,831 kilograms of obsolete pesticide and 5,051 kilograms of livestock medication were collected and safely destroyed in 2014.


Volume Collected Kilograms Pesticide

Livestock Medication

British Columbia (Vancouver Island & Fraser Valley)



Saskatchewan (southern half)






Prince Edward Island






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British Columbia Collections took place at three sites on Vancouver Island and two sites in the Fraser Valley, as part of a two-year initiative across B.C. In total 19,791 kilograms of obsolete pesticide and 156 kilograms of livestock medications were collected and safety disposed of. CleanFARMS partnered with the British Columbia Agriculture Council (BCAC) and provincial and federal government to help communicate the program to B.C. growers.

Saskatchewan Collections took place at 20 ag-retail locations in the southern half of the province. CleanFARMS partnered with various producer associations and the Saskatchewan ministries of agriculture and environment to promote the program. In total, 93,935 kilograms of obsolete pesticide and 540 kilograms of livestock medications were collected and safely disposed of. Last year marked the fourth time the collection program had been brought to Saskatchewan.

Quebec CleanFARMS partnered with the Union des Producteurs Agricoles du Québec (UPA) to deliver a province-wide collection program at 20 ag-retail collection sites where 77,105 kilograms of obsolete pesticide and 4,005 kilograms of livestock medications were collected and safely disposed of. The program marks the fourth time that CleanFARMS has delivered a collection program in Quebec.

Prince Edward Island Farmers in P.E.I. returned 33,000 kilograms of pesticides and 350 kilograms of livestock medication during a two-week collection period. The collections took place at seven ag-retail collection sites across the province. CleanFARMS partnered with the Prince Edward Island Department of Environment, Labour and Justice and Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture and P.E.I. Potato Board to help deliver the program. This was the fourth time that the program was run in P.E.I.

In the fall of 2015, the obsolete collection program will be operating in British Columbia (Okanagan Valley, Kootenay Valley and Interior Region), southern Alberta, northern Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.


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Empty Seed and Pesticide Bag Program CleanFARMS piloted its successful empty seed and pesticide bag collection program in southwestern Ontario and the Montérégie region of Quebec in 2014. Interested in diverting agricultural waste out of landfill sites and into stewardship programs, Ontario and Quebec farmers disposed of approximately 162,000 empty seed and pesticide bags. The collected bags were then converted into energy at Quebec’s Holcim Cement Kiln and Ontario’s Emerald Waste-to-Energy Facility. The empty seed and pesticide bag collection program also continued in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Nearly 35,000 empty pesticide and seed bags were collected in 2014. Approximately 274,000 bags have been collected in Atlantic Canada and disposed of at Charlottetown’s waste-to-energy facility since the program was first delivered in 2006.




Since 2006

Pilot Projects In 2014, Green Manitoba, an agency of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, granted CleanFARMS and program partners funding for phase two of the Manitoba ag film and twine collection program. Collections of bale and silage wrap, grain bags and twine will be taking place in select regions around the province during the spring and fall of 2015. Implementing government-funded pilot programs like the Manitoba ag film and twine collection program help position CleanFARMS as the leading agricultural stewardship organization in Canada among provincial government officials and growers and demonstrates the organization’s expanded commitment to industry-led stewardship.

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Collaboration is fundamental to the success of CleanFARMS’ core stewardship programs. With help from stakeholder partners, grower groups, recycling associations, as well as provinces and municipalities from coast to coast, CleanFARMS continues to raise the profile of the industry’s commitment to end of life stewardship.

British Columbia In order to better serve both British Columbia agricultural retailers and farmers, CleanFARMS partnered with a new container management collection contractor in 2014. This new partnership proved successful as CleanFARMS saw an increase in the number of containers collected across the province. CleanFARMS also remained a member of the Recycling Council of British Columbia, acting as a sponsor at their annual conference and worked with the British Columbia CropLife Canada provincial council to help raise awareness in the industrial vegetation management sector.

Alberta In Alberta, CleanFARMS partnered extensively with the agricultural fieldmen, municipal agricultural service boards, municipalities and municipal waste authorities to provide farmers with the opportunity to recycle their less than 23 litre containers. CleanFARMS also remained a member of the Recycling Council of Alberta and supported their annual conference.

Saskatchewan In 2014, CleanFARMS became the first voluntary stewardship organization to join Recycle Saskatchewan. This partnership has helped CleanFARMS raise its profile in the province and work with industry colleagues to help elevate stewardship and recycling to support our goal of ultimately increasing program recovery rates. Additional outreach included supporting the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s annual conference and joining the Association of Regional Waste Management Authorities of Saskatchewan. These partnerships help ensure that municipalities and other stakeholders are aware of the suite of CleanFARMS programs that not only support Saskatchewan farmers, but also waste diversion efforts in the communities where they live.

Manitoba In 2014, CleanFARMS implemented the Great Manitoba Clean Farms Challenge, a highly successful awards program celebrating the environmental achievements of exceptional Manitoban farmers. Support for the program came from Green Manitoba, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Canadian Association of Agricultural Retailers and Ag in the Classroom. CleanFARMS also partnered with organizations like the Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers who represent the municipal waste operators who support the empty container collections.

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Ontario In 2014, CleanFARMS hosted an agricultural waste workshop, partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, bringing together a variety of stakeholders with the intention of providing an overview of agricultural waste research and existing regulatory frameworks, identifying challenges and opportunities that exist for growers, government, and industry and developing a path forward for a coordinated method of managing agricultural plastics in Ontario. CleanFARMS also remained an active member of the Recycling Council of Ontario and supported its annual waste minimization awards in 2014.

Quebec In 2014, CleanFARMS collaborated with the Quebec Seed Trade Association to help promote the empty seed and pesticide bag program across the province. The Union des Producteurs Agricoles du Montérégie, Les Clubs AgroEnvironnement Montérégie and le ministere de l’Agriculture, des Pecheries, et de l’Alimentation du Quebec also contributed to the success of the pilot project. CleanFARMS also remained a strong collaborator with the Union des Producteurs Agricoles du Québec (UPA), which provided communications support and outreach for CleanFARMS’ programs to farmers across the province.

Atlantic Canada In 2014, CleanFARMS partnered with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to organize a consultation process in response to the province’s proposed solid waste regulation. CleanFARMS has close ties to the CropLife Atlantic provincial council. Our joint work focuses on supporting our dealer partners and ensuring our programs meet the needs of Atlantic Canada farmers.


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Maximizing our resources Waste diversion continues to be top of mind across Canada and stakeholders often look to CleanFARMS for its expertise in agricultural end of life stewardship. Working with a variety of partners, CleanFARMS has accumulated a databank of agricultural waste research that falls into the categories and regions below:

Waste Characterization Studies

Collection and Processing Options

Farmer Attitudes and Behaviors Survey

Pilot Program

British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia P.E.I Newfoundland This research demonstrates that where stewardship programs are available, farmers overwhelmingly use them and that opportunities exist to ensure that even more valuable resources are extracted from agricultural waste.

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25 Years of Helping Farmers

CleanFARMS is committed to providing Canadian farmers with accessible stewardship programming that both industry and government support. We take pride in the fact that our programs are prescient and set high standards for industry-led responsibility across all sectors. The CleanFARMS approach focuses on increasing awareness and encouraging an accommodating regulatory environment that supports high performing voluntary programs.

Quebec In 2014, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques exempted CleanFARMS from the province’s regulation respecting compensation, which regulates all packaging in Quebec. As a condition of the exemption, CleanFARMS is required to report to the provincial authorities all pesticide and fertilizer container collection rates. The Quebec government has expressed a keen interest in expanding its packaging programs to include the seed and pesticide bag collection program, as well as other agricultural plastics. CleanFARMS is looking to continue working collaboratively with the province in the future.

Nova Scotia CleanFARMS participated in the Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment’s waste regulation consultation in 2014. Nova Scotia is an early adopter of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and their proposed strategy aimed to widen the amount of waste managed through EPR programs. Working closely with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, CleanFARMS helped bring together grower groups to increase awareness on how this may impact the province’s agricultural sector.

CleanFARMS continues to monitor all

provincial regulations to ensure its existing programs are compliant with relevant regulations.

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Awards In December, CleanFARMS was awarded the Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship by the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development. This award recognizes organizations that successfully turn the principles of sustainable development into concrete, lasting achievements. CleanFARMS was also awarded the 2014 Rs of Excellence Award for Product Stewardship by the Recycling Council of Alberta, which recognizes the special contributions made to promote and facilitate waste reduction, recycling and resource conservation in the Province of Alberta.

Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship 2014 Award Winner

Kim Timmer, manager, stakeholder relations, receives the 2014 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award for Sustainability in Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship.

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The Great Manitoba Clean Farms challenge In 2014, CleanFARMS invited Manitoba farm families to take The Great Manitoba Clean Farms Challenge and demonstrate their ongoing commitment to sustainable farming. By encouraging farmers to share their stories about the environmentally friendly practices they’ve implemented on their farms, CleanFARMS helped start a dialogue about the innovative eco-solutions that are taking place on local farms and profiled how farmers are tackling issues like reducing, reusing and recycling agricultural waste.

Supporting the Industry CleanFARMS is committed to highlighting the many accomplishments of the agricultural industry and getting involved in the community. In 2014, CleanFARMS supported such events and organizations: Events: • GrowCanada Conference 2014 • Canadian Animal Health Institute annual conference • Alberta Plastics Recycling Association annual meeting

• Canadian Seed Trade Assocation semi-annual meeting • Association of Alberta Ag Fieldmen’s In Service Training

Organizations: • Recycling Council of British Columbia • Recycling Council of Ontario

• Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council

• Recycling Council of Alberta

• Global Product Stewardship Council • Recycle Saskatchewan


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Board of directors Jay Bradshaw, Chair Syngenta Canada Inc.

Sherry Krusk Richardson International Limited

Sébastien Chénard La Coop Fédérée

Paul Lake Bio Agri Mix

Gerald Easterbrook Interprovincial Co-operative Limited

Jon Neutens, Member at large Nufarm Agriculture Inc.

Dianna Emperingham Bayer CropScience Canada Inc.

Brad Orr, Vice-chair Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.

Marc Hechler Yara Canada Inc.

Darren Palendat, Member at large AgraCity Crop & Nutrition Ltd.

Gord Jahn Plant Products Co. Ltd.

Pierre Petelle CropLife Canada

Ron Kehler BASF Canada

Charles Schiele Reliance Products

Staff Barry Friesen General manager

Lydia Skrt Executive assistant

Shane Hedderson Operations manager

Dave Thompson Regional manager

Annie Hsu Director, finance

Kim Timmer Manager, stakeholder relations

Russel Hurst Director, obsolete collections

Simon Worgan Senior accountant

Christine Lajeunesse Regional director, Quebec

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