Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, and China’s Minister of Environmental Protection, Zhou Shengxian, signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) on environmental cooperation last week in Beijing.

The MOU will facilitate collaborative work and the exchange of scientific information between Environment Canada and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. Of particular interest to Canada are cooperative activities related to biodiversity, water, mercury emissions, environmental emergencies and environmental industries.

Both countries have agreed to develop and implement a joint action plan for cooperation and Minister Prentice invited Minister Zhou Shengxian to visit Canada in mid-November to sign the action plan.

COKE, ON, Oct. 25 /CNW/ – Farmers and other users of commercial-class pesticides will be able to safely – and at no cost – dispose of obsolete and unwanted pesticides October 26 – 28 at the following three locations:

    -   Oct 26 - Whitbourne - Highway Depot (Route 80/Trans Canada
        intersection)
    -   Oct 27 - Grand Falls/Windsor - Transportation Regional Office
        (4 Duggan Street)
    -   Oct 28 - Deer Lake - Highway Depot (74 Old Bonne Bay Road)

“CleanFARMS(TM) is proud to be in Newfoundland and Labradour making sure that unwanted and obsolete pesticides can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way, free of charge,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS(TM). “Our programming is an important demonstration of the commitment Canada’s plant science industry has to ensuring its products are properly managed.”

The obsolete pesticide collection program is a national, industry-initiated program that, since 1998, has assumed responsibility for more than 1.4 million kilograms of obsolete, commercial-grade pesticides. This is the second time the program has been held in Newfoundland. The first collection happened in 2002 and saw more than 1,600 kilograms collected.

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Co-sponsors of this year’s Newfoundland collection are Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation.

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