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Safely dispose of pesticides this fall

RICHMOND—Locations and dates for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ pesticide collection program have been announced.

The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides at no cost to participants in the designated localities. Since its inception, the program has collected and safely destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of unwanted pesticides, protecting public health and eliminating potential environmental threats.

“The pesticide disposal program helps farmers conveniently dispose of unused and old pesticides in an environmentally sound manner,” said Tony Banks, a commodity marketing specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s not uncommon for a farmer to have a partial container or two of pesticide left over at the end of a growing season. If it's not used during the following seasons, it needs to be discarded appropriately.”

This year, the program takes place in the following counties: Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe; and the cities of Bristol, Clifton Forge, Covington, Galax, Norton, Radford, Roanoke and Salem.

The disposal program will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the following Virginia locations:

 

  • Sept. 30, Aphin-Stuart Arena, 500 Plantation Avenue, Blacksburg
  • Oct. 1, Grover King VFW Post 115, 701 West Stuart Drive, Hillsville
  • Oct. 2, Super Grow of Virginia, 701 Lee Highway, Chilhowie
  • Oct. 7, Rockingham Cooperative – Crop Center, 79 Mountain Avenue, Troutville
  • Oct. 8, S & W Fertilizer, Seed & Chemical, 605 West Railroad Avenue, WythevilleOct. 9, Duffield Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 1326 Industrial Park Road, Duffield
Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to these collection sites. If participants cannot safely transport the unwanted pesticides, VDACS may arrange assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Participants need to pre-register on the VDACS website or call 804-786-3798.

Media: Contact Banks at 804-290-1114 or Elaine Lidholm, VDACS communications, at 804-786-7686.

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