Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


CleanFARMS Inc., Etobicoke

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Minister Chris Ballard and Kim Timmer

Minister Chris Ballard and Kim Timmer

Since 1989, CleanFARMS has been helping farmers dispose of empty pesticide containers, providing 170 collection sites at agricultural retailers across the province. Now the not-for-profit organization has turned its attention to another form of farm waste, empty seed and pesticide bags that often end up at the local landfill. Instead of sending the bags to a landfill, CleanFARMS sends them to a waste-to-energy facility where they are disposed of in an eco-friendly manner. What started off as a pilot program in 2014 and 2015 has proved hugely successful and today the voluntary, industry-funded program has been rolled out across the province. CleanFARMS has been welcomed by farmers across the province and they are already fielding requests to expand the program across the country.


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