Pesticide Collection Day – Nov. 12

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Don’t miss this free amnesty event to safely dispose of unwanted pesticides.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with Chatham County Cooperative Extension, will be offering a Pesticide Collection Day for residents of Chatham and surrounding counties. The local site managers will be Charlotte Glen, Chatham County Extension horticulture agent, and Sam Groce, Chatham Extension County Director. Collection will be Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Southern States in Siler City, located at 117 N. Dogwood Ave.

Nearly all pesticide products (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, including ‘weed and feed’ products, but not fertilizers alone) will be accepted, including banned and out-dated pesticides. This free event is open to all NC residents. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, contact the Cooperative Extension office at (919) 542-8202 for instructions. Participants are asked to save any portion of the label to help identify the material to be disposed of. Unknown materials cannot be accepted.

For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than five gallons in size and for tips on transporting pesticides safely to the collection event, contact the Extension office at (919) 542-8202 or email extension.programs@chathamnc.org before the collection day for special instructions and information.

Each year the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program (www.ncagr.com/PDAP) 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!

NOTE:This is NOT a household hazardous waste collection event. The final household hazardous waste collection day for Chatham County in 2014 will be held Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Chatham County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, located at 28 County Services Road, 6 miles west of Pittsboro, off Hwy 64. Household hazardous waste accepted at the HHW Collection Center include pesticides, gasoline, motor oil, car batteries, and antifreeze. Learn more: http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=526