Pesticide Disposal Day

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Pesticides of one kind or another are a common part of the daily lives of many people. At some point these pesticides need to be disposed of, for any number of reasons. Sometimes people move away or become unable to work in their gardens. Chemicals get labeled for different uses and are no longer appropriate for home use. Perhaps a pesticide was purchased for a one-time use and has been sitting on a dusty shelf for months, or even years. Whatever the reason, pesticides do need to be thrown away occasionally.

Pesticides must be disposed of in the manner stated on the label. It is illegal to get rid of a pesticide by any other means. Pouring pesticides on the ground or down a storm drain can be very damaging to the environment. It is also against the law.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension is sponsoring a Pesticide Disposal Day for Burke County on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Burke Agricultural Building, located at 130 Ammons Drive. Any lawn and garden chemical will be accepted but all chemicals must be in the original container and must be clearly labeled. Paints and other hazardous waste will not be accepted. There is no charge for this service and only chemicals in their original containers will be taken for disposal. 

Proper disposal of pesticides is essential for the future of our environment and water supply and this opportunity is one that should be taken advantage of if you have unwanted pesticides. If you have questions about this event you can call the Extension office at 439-4460 for more information.

Donna Teasley
Extension Agent