Pesticide Disposal Collection Day – April 10

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The NC Pesticide Board adopted governing regulations in 1976 concerning disposal of pesticides. The regulations made it illegal to dispose of pesticides in landfills. This posed a dilemma for farmers and gardeners in need of properly disposing pesticides. From the adopted regulations, NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services developed what is known today as the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program.

In 1980, with financial support from the General Assembly, the environmental stewardship program was created to provide opportunities for proper disposal of unwanted or unusable pesticides. In 1990, the program changed a bit. Instead of NCDA traveling across counties collecting pesticides from farms and residence, they developed special Pesticide Disposal Collection Days with a partnership among N.C. Cooperative Extension County Centers.

Each year the Pesticides Disposal Assistance Program (www.ncagr.com/PDAP) visits between 40-50 counties to collect unwanted and unused pesticides through this non-regulatory program. This means that a collection day of this kind only happens about once every other year in each county.

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sampson County will be hosting a Pesticide Disposal Collection Event, on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. This disposal event will take place at the Sampson County Livestock Facility (1020 Taylors Bridge Hwy, Clinton) beginning at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.

Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted, including banned and out-dated pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, save any portion of the label to help identify the material. Acceptability of unknown pesticides will be up to the discretion of the contractor and NCDA. For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gallons in size, please contact Della for instructions.

For any questions, regarding this pesticide disposal event, please call Della King at 910-592-7161.