Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pesticide Disposal Today!

By Tom Glasgow - Special to the Sun Journal

Tom Glasgow


Craven County Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) will present a pesticide disposal event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, March 15. The event will be held at the Craven County Agricultural Building, 300 Industrial Drive in the Industrial Park. This is an excellent opportunity to dispose of unwanted, outdated or excess pesticides free of charge, with the assurance that the materials will be processed in an environmentally responsible manner.

Of course, the best way to dispose of your purchased pesticide products is to gradually use them up according to the labeled rate on appropriate, labeled sites. But over time, pesticides do tend to accumulate, especially home lawn, landscape and garden pesticides. Oftentimes we purchase more than we really need, or a particular problem appears solved after a few applications and the product goes on a shelf and stays there. 

And all too frequently, pesticides are purchased and applied before a problem has actually been diagnosed, on the hope that “maybe this will help.” In reality, there’s very little chance that a shot-in-the-dark pesticide application will accomplish anything positive. 
Unneeded, excess pesticides change and degrade over time, and they also become a potential storage issue as the containers themselves degrade or become damaged. It’s one thing to forget and neglect old furniture in the attic. It’s quite another to forget and neglect multiple containers of pesticides in the garage or storage shed.

Exercise caution when transporting pesticides to the disposal event.  Containers should be secured to prevent shifting, sliding and breaking. You should also ensure that pesticide fumes are not allowed to enter and accumulate inside your vehicle.  The back of a pickup truck would be ideal, but if this option is not available, load the materials into your trunk. 

It’s important that you keep the materials dry and out of the rain, in particular for powders, dusts and other dry products contained in bags. So if you are using a pickup truck and there’s any chance of rain or sprinkles, cover the products with a tarp.

At the collection site, any pesticide that is still in its original container and clearly labeled can be collected. If you show up with a mystery material in an old soft drink container, things are not going to go smoothly and in fact the material will not be accepted. 

At the collection site, any pesticide that is still in its original container and clearly labeled can be collected. If you show up with a mystery material in an old soft drink container, things are not going to go smoothly and in fact the material will not be accepted. 

Please keep in mind that today's event is not designed for miscellaneous household hazardous materials. This is for pesticides only. And while we’re on the subject of disposal events, we do have a Craven County household electronics recycling event scheduled for March 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Craven County Agricultural Building. 




Home Electronics Disposal

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