The Laboratory and Consumer Services division of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is extending the deadline for a survey to determine disposal locations for South Carolina farmers, foresters, and nurserymen, to safely dispose of old, outdated, unusable, or unwanted pesticides. The new survey deadline is January 31, 2013.
The program is open to all private and commercial pesticide applicators in the state. Commercial applicators can bring up to 1000 pounds of solid and 55 gallons of liquid pesticides. Commercial applicators will have to cover the cost for any pesticides over those limits and will need to notify the SCDA.
This is the second phase of the South Carolina Waste Pesticide Recovery Program. The goal is to increase proper management and disposal of unwanted pesticides, along with increased education and outreach to pesticide users about the need to properly dispose of outdated and unwanted pesticides.
• No fertilizers, household chemicals, compressed cylinders or empty containers will be accepted.
• Pesticides include insecticides, herbicides, nematicides, fungicides and other similar products used in commercial agricultural production.
You are invited to participate in a survey to help the SCDA determine disposal locations and quantity. You will not be asked to give your name or address, but you will need to list your county to help determine disposal locations.
You can print out the survey to fax or mail, or complete it online by visiting this link:
https://agriculture.sc.gov/2012scwastepesticiderecovery. If you prefer to print and fill out the survey, fax it to 803-737-9703, attention: Alicia Hendrix or John Stokes, or mail the survey to the address below. Please submit the survey by January 31, 2013.
SCDA’s goal is to have disposal locations set up by March 1, 2013. An announcement will be made once dates, locations, and drop-off times are arranged. Funding for this program is limited, so please remember disposal will be on a first come first serve basis. We encourage you to take advantage of this program. Remember it is at no cost to you and it is strictly confidential. For more information, contact:
South Carolina Department of Agriculture
123 Ballard Court
West Columbia, SC 29172