Free Pesticide Disposal Event

Published 11:42 pm Monday, December 2, 2019

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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 Polk County Pesticide Collection Day on Wednesday, December 4. 


The NC Cooperative Extension of Polk County, in cooperation with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, a Non-Regulatory and Cost-Free program, will be offering this Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Polk County and all of the surrounding North Carolina counties. 


County Extension Director Scott Welborn will be the local contact for the event. The Collection will be Wednesday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at NC Cooperative Extension of Polk County, 79 Carmel Drive in Columbus.


Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted at this amnesty collection event, including banned and out-dated pesticides. Unknown materials cannot be accepted.  


For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gal in size, please contact the Extension Office before the Collection Day for special instructions and information. For tips on transporting the pesticides safely to the Collection event, contact the Extension Office.


Each year the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program ( 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!  


Don’t miss this pesticide collection opportunity in Polk County co-sponsored by NCDA&CS and the NCCES.  For more information contact the Cooperative Extension at 828-894-8218.


Kerry Jones