Award Recipient Pioneered Pesticide Container Recycling

STAFF / Cam Davreux, vice-president of stewardship for CropLife Canada from 1989 until his retirement in June 2011, was honoured for his commitment to environmental stewardship at the Conference on Canadian Stewardship in Halifax Sept. 20.

Davreux was the push behind three stewardship programs in the Canadian crop protection industry that have gone on to be internationally recognized and replicated.

Cam was instrumental to making the plant science industry s vision for full life cycle stewardship a reality at a time when recycling was not yet the norm. Through this, not only has Cam had a true impact on Canada s environment, he s also been a strong proponent of establishing similar stewardship programs in developing countries, says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, the trade association representing the developers, manufacturers and distributors of plant science technologies.

Davreux established three programs for the Canadian pesticide industry: empty pesticide container recycling, obsolete pesticide collection and empty pesticide paper bag collection.

Cam s dedication to stewardship ensured these programs met the needs of farmers to operate in a sustainable way and opened the door for the expansion of stewardship programming in the future, says Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS, a non-profit stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management and disposal of agricultural waste.

Davreux also played a significant role in the development of the industry s full life cycle management programming with the introduction of the Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association, AWSA, in 1995 to reduce the risk of fires, spills and industrial accidents. Since the implementation of the program, warehouse fires have decreased by 90 per cent and today AWSA is Canada s largest industry self-regulated program.

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