Get rid of unused pesticides

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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 Person County Pesticide Collection Day Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The Person County Extension Office, in cooperation with the N.C. 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 Person and surrounding North Carolina counties.

County Extension Director Paul Westfall will be the local contact for the event. The collection will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the HYCO Warehouse located at 1965 Durham Road, Roxboro. This event is for unused pesticides only. Other materials will not be accepted.

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, contact the Cooperative Extension Office for instructions. Save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials cannot be accepted.

For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than five gallons, contact the Extension Office before the Collection Day for special instructions and information. For tips on transporting the pesticides safely to the event, contact the Extension Office.

Each year staff from 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.

The event is co-sponsored by NCDA&CS and NC Cooperative Extension. For more information contact Paul Westfall, Person County Extension Director at 336-599-1195, or by email at paul_westfall@ncsu.edu.

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