Pesticide collection day April 19

Published 11:43 am Monday, March 28, 2011

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 Rutherford County Pesticide Collection Day on Tuesday, April 19.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, in cooperation with the Rutherford County Extension Center, will be offering this Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Rutherford, Polk, Cleveland and other surrounding North Carolina counties. The Pesticide Collection Day will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rutherford County Extension Center, located at 193 Callahan-Koon Road in Spindale.

Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted at this disposal event, including out-dated and undesired pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, contact the extension center for instructions. Save any portion of the label to help identify the materials so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials will not be accepted.

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For pesticide containers greater than 5 gallons in size, contact the Rutherford County Extension Center before the Pesticide Disposal Day for special instructions and information.

Each year the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program ( visits between 40 – 50 counties to collect unwanted and unused pesticides. There is no cost to the participant for disposing of the pesticides.

For additional information on transporting the pesticides safely to the disposal event, contact Jan McGuinn at the Rutherford Extension Center at 828-287-6011.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons, regardless or color, national origin, sex, age or handicap.