Environmental Stewardship

CAHI and its members care about the environment. Here are some examples of how we support this commitment everyday:

  • Partnering with the Health Products Stewardship Association on consumer health product returns programs
  • Following provincial requirements for product packaging and printed paper (i.e. Blue Box Programs)
  • Voluntarily partnering with CleanFarms to offer obsolete livestock and equine animal health product disposal from farms

Protecting our environment is essential for the long-term health of both people and animals. This document published by HealthforAnimals helps shares information on how product stewardship i sbuilt into each stage of an animal health product's lifecycle. 

Animal Medicines and the Environment:
Principles and Practices


Obsolete Livestock Medications Collections

In 2014, the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) partnered with CleanFarms to offer Canadian livestock and horse owners a national program to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and/or expired animal medications.  The animal component of this industry-led program builds on the highly successful obsolete pesticide collection program that has been in place since 1998.  This unique program offers farmers an environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted or expired product, free of charge.

Obsolete collections are offered in each province once every three years. Farmers drop off their obsolete materials at a designated collection site. In between collection periods, farmers are asked to safely store their medications until they can properly dispose of them through this program.  Collected products are safely transported to a high temperature incineration facility for disposal.


Scheduled Collections:

Province 2020 2021 2022
British Columbia Fraser Valley & Vancouver Island Okanagan Valley & Kootenay Interior Peace River Region
Alberta - Southern Region Northern Region
Saskatchewan Southern Region Northern Region -
Manitoba - - Province Wide
Ontario - - Province Wide
Quebec Province Wide - -
Prince Edward Island Province Wide - -
Nova Scotia - Province Wide -
New Brunswick - Province Wide -
Newfoundland - - Province Wide