The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today the results of the 2013 Pesticide Disposal Program. Through this program, VDACS removed in excess of 47,500 pounds of unwanted pesticides. Participants included agricultural producers, licensed pesticide dealers and pest control firms, golf course operators and homeowners. The program is available at no cost to eligible participants and is supported by pesticide fees collected by VDACS. Since the program’s inception, more than 1.2 million pounds of pesticides have been collected and destroyed.
Pesticides collected through the years have included DDT, Chlordane, Dursban, Paraquat, arsenic-containing pesticides, toxaphene, dieldren, silvex, 2,4,5-T and more. During the initial phases of the program, many of the pesticides collected had been banned and farmers or pest control firms had been holding onto the materials waiting for a safe collection and disposal method.
Participating localities in 2013 included the counties of Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe and the cities of Bristol, Clifton Forge, Covington, Galax, Norton, Radford, Roanoke and Salem.
In 2014, the program will take place in the counties of Accomack, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, New Kent, Northampton, Prince George, Powhatan, Southampton, Surry, Sussex York and the cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Franklin, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
Eligible participants should contact their local Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent for details. See here for contact information.