Free Pesticide Collection Day

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

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 Burke County Pesticide Collection Day on Wednesday, September 23.

The Burke County Extension Office, 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 Burke County and all of the surrounding North Carolina counties.

County Agricultural Extension Agent, Donna Teasley will be the local contact for the event.  The Collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Burke County Agricultural Building located at 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton.

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 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 cannot be accepted. 

For gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gal 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.

Each year the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program ( visits between 40-50 counties to collect unwanted and unused pesticides through this NON-regulatory amnesty 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 Burke County co-sponsored by NCDA&CS and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.  For more information contact Donna Teasley, County Agricultural Extension Agent at (828) 439-4460.

Donna Teasley
Extension Agent