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Question: Do you have unwanted pesticides and household hazardous waste (HHW) in your home, garage and/or barn?

Answer: If you answered yes, then get busy gathering your unwanted household hazardous waste (HHW)/pesticides and take them to the Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 19

The Sampson County Extension Center and City of Clinton, in cooperation with North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, a Non-Regulatory and Cost-Free program, will be offering this HHW and Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Sampson County and all of the surrounding North Carolina counties. 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to assist the citizens of North Carolina by managing and supervising the safe collection and lawful disposal of banned, outdated, or unwanted pesticides and HHWs. Remember, the collection day is for unwanted pesticides not empty pesticide containers.

The collection will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Clinton City Market located at 215 Lisbon St., Clinton, NC 28328.

Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted at this collection event, including banned and out-dated pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, please contact the Cooperative Extension Center for instructions. Please save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials cannot be accepted. HHW products being accepted are oil based and latex paints, aerosol paints, stains, paint thinners and solvents, drain cleaners, cleaning products, rechargeable batteries, pool chemicals, mercury and mercury containing items, old gasoline, antifreeze, fluorescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, and driveway sealer.

For gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gal in size, please contact the Extension Center before the collection day for special instructions and information. For tips on transporting the pesticides safely to the collection site, contact the Extension Center.

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.

Don’t miss this pesticide collection opportunity in Sampson County co-sponsored by NCDA &CS, City of Clinton, and Sampson County Extension Center. For more information, contact Della King, Sampson County Agriculture Extension Agent and Pesticide Coordinator at (910) 592-7161.

Reminder: If you would like to learn more about Horticultural related topics, then join the “Sampson County Friends of Horticulture”. This program offers monthly “How To” Horticultural Seminars. Please call 910- 592-7161 for more information. Please call the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Center at 910-592-7161 with your horticultural questions and to register for any upcoming events. Be sure to check out the Ask An Expert Widget at sampson.ces.ncsu.edu for any questions you may have.

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