Pesticide Disposal Day Is Almost Here!

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Many of us use pesticides in our gardens, landscapes and farms to keep the pests and weeds from taking over and destroying our crops and ornamentals. Do you have pesticides at your home or farm you no longer need or use? Farmers and homeowners are urged to bring unneeded pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to the Pesticide Disposal Collection site next Tuesday for the folks who are experts at safely disposing of these chemicals to take them off your hands for free, no questions asked.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Swain County 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 Swain and surrounding North Carolina counties. Bring your unwanted pesticides to the Convenience/Recycling Center located at 1422 Old US Hwy 19, Bryson City on Tuesday November 15th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program (PDAP) is a consumer services program in the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 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to assist the citizens of North Carolina by managing and supervising the safe collection and lawful disposal of banned, outdated, or unwanted pesticides.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, North Carolina was first toA group of pesticides collected for disposal. launch a statewide pesticide disposal assistance program to divert pesticide, herbicide and fungicide products with potentially toxic compounds from where they are not permitted, including sanitary landfills, private land or waterways.

The Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program has disposed of close to three million pounds of pesticides since it started, according to J. Derrick Bell, who leads the program within the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services program.

This diversion is vital because some pesticides, in the right concentrations, can be harmful to people and wildlife when released into the environment.

There are some restrictions and special needs for containers that are greater than 5 gallons and non-pesticide Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials like paints, oil, gas, explosives and drugs are not accepted at this event. Cylinders with hard metal casings and mini-bulk loads will not be taken in at this event.

If you have large volumes of pesticides to dispose of please notify the NCDA PDAP ahead of time at 919-733-3556 or NCDA PDAP website about any containers larger than 5 gallons.