The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) invites farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, homeowners and golf course operators to participate in the 2013 pesticide disposal program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner. VDACS, through its Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), provides this service at no cost to participants in the designated localities. The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS.
Since its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Disposal Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.1 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, completely eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.
This year, the disposal program takes place in the following localities: 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.
Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to central collection sites located within the service area. If participants cannot safely containerize the unwanted pesticides for transport, the disposal contractor will make arrangements to do that for them. Only unwanted pesticides will be accepted; pesticide contaminated material (for example, pesticide contaminated fertilizer) will not be accepted as part of the disposal program. In addition, the program does NOT accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals.
Participants should complete a pesticide disposal registration form ahead of time and return the completed form to VDACS, PO Box 1163, Richmond Virginia 23218 prior to the collection event. The form is available by contacting the Pesticide Disposal Program at 804.786.3798.
Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent or to Jeffrey Rogers at VDACS: firstname.lastname@example.org, 804.371.6561, or Jeffrey Rogers, VDACS’ Office of Pesticide Services, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.
The list of collection sites and dates is below:
2013 PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM COLLECTION SITES AND SCHEDULE
All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the city of Norton:
Monday, September 23
Coalfield Ag Center
449 Agricultural Drive
Clintwood, VA 24228
For Russell and Tazewell Counties:
Tuesday, September 24
Russell Co. Government Center
139 Highland Drive
Lebanon, VA 24266
For Bland and Wythe Counties:
Wednesday, September 25
S & W Fertilizer & Chemical
605 West Railroad Avenue
Wytheville, VA 24382
For Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke Counties and the cities of Roanoke and Salem:
Thursday, September 26
Greenfield Education & Training Center
57 South Center Drive
Daleville, VA 24083
For Buchanan and Dickenson Counties:
Monday, October 7
Lee Co Transfer Station
720 Bus Shop Road
Jonesville, VA 24263
For Smyth and Washington Counties and the city of Bristol:
Tuesday, October 8
Super Grow of Virginia
701 Lee Highway
Chilhowie, VA 24319
For Carroll and Grayson Counties and the city of Galax:
Wednesday, October 9
VFW Post 115
701 West Stuart Drive
Hillsville, VA 24343
For Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties and the city of Radford:
Thursday, October 10
885 Roanoke Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073
For Alleghany and Craig Counties and the cities of Covington and Clifton Forge:
Friday, October 11
700 West Oak Street
Covington, VA 24426