Do you have pesticides at your home or farm that you no longer need or use?
If your answer is ‘yes’, then you’ll be interested in the Sampson County Pesticide Collection Day on Tuesday, April 12.
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.
The goal of the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program is to assist the citizens of North Carolina by managing and supervising the safe collection and lawful disposal of banned, outdated, or unwanted pesticides.
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 NC 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.
The Sampson County Extension Center, in cooperation with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, a NON-Regulatory and Cost-Free program, will be offering this Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Sampson County and all of the surrounding North Carolina counties on Tuesday, April 12th.
County Agricultural Extension Agent Della King will be the local contact for the event. The collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sampson County Livestock Facility located on highway 421 South of Clinton.
Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted at this amnesty collection event, including banned and out-dated pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, please contact the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Office for instructions. Please save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials may not be accepted.
For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gallons in size, please contact the Extension Office BEFORE the Collection Day for special instructions and information. For tips on transporting the pesticides safely to the collection event, contact the Extension Office.
Don’t miss this pesticide collection opportunity in Sampson County co-sponsored by NCDA&CS and the NCCES. For more information, contact Della King, County Agricultural Extension Agent at (910) 592-7161.
Della King is an extension agent with the Sampson County Cooperation Center specializing in field crops.