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Local collection date announced for pesticide disposal

Farmers, homeowners, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, and others are invited to participate in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) 2013 pesticide disposal program. A local designated collection date has been set in Christiansburg Thursday, Oct. 10.

The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner. The service is provided free of charge to participants through the VDACS Office of Pesticide Services (OPS) and is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS. Since the program began it has collected and destroyed more than 1.1 million pounds of pesticides, removing the threat of environmental harm.

The collection site for participants in Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery and Floyd counties as well as the city of Radford will be Southern States, located at 885 Roanoke St., Christiansburg. Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to the collection sites themselves. If participants cannot safely containerize the unwanted pesticides for transport, the disposal contractor will make arrangements to do that for them. Pesticide contaminated material, such as pesticide contaminated fertilizer, will not be accepted as part of this program; only unwanted pesticides will be accepted. The program also does not accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals.

Participants are asked to complete a pesticide disposal registration form ahead of time and return the completed form to VDACS, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218 prior to the collection date. The form is available online at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticides/disposal.shtml or by contacting the Pesticide Disposal Program at 804-786-3798.

Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent or to Jeffrey Rogers at VDACS: jeffrey.rogers@vdacs.virginia.gov, 804.371.6561, or Jeffrey Rogers, VDACS’ Office of Pesticide Services, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

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