Pesticide Disposal Day

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Got old pesticides? Read this!

If you are hanging on to unwanted garden, household, or farm pest control chemicals, you are creating risks for yourself and family for no reason. Stashing those old bottles and bags and boxes of pest killers just because you don’t know what else to do with them, is definitely a bad plan.

There is NOWHERE safe or legal to just dump these materials. It is very unsafe for the environment and illegal to flush them or pour them down any drain. In fact, you could find yourself sweating-out a serious fish kill investigation, if your little misadventure carries the material to a waterway.

But fear not. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, along with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension service, are offering a solution to your situation. Bring your containers of unwanted pesticides with the labels attached, to the parking lot of the Lincoln County Farmers Market at 225 West Water Street, Lincolnton on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    A truck and professional crew will be equipped and on-hand to receive and prepare your pesticides for safe disposal. They will transport them to a location where they will be properly and safely destroyed (not stored or dumped).

Now, for those of you whose well-meaning great-grandparents left bottles, brittle boxes, cans, and bags of weird dust and other pesticides in the shed for YOU to deal with, this is YOUR big opportunity to solve the problem. Even if the old containers no longer have labels or the labels are so yellow or faded you can’t even read them, just call in advance and make special arrangements with us. The NCDA&CS will be prepared to accept even these unmarked materials as well (only if you call ahead).

By the way, this is a judgment-free zone. No matter what weird, bizarre, or banned pesticide has been stashed in the barn or garage for generations, it will be accepted with no problems on this day. These are materials that we would especially like to help to free you of.

If you plan to come with pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.) to get rid of, then it would be a good idea to review the information on transporting chemicals, and other details to help you take advantage of this opportunity. You can also call us at 704-736-8461 with questions or for more details. Please note that this disposal day is NOT for any other hazardous materials or fertilizers. You will have to return home with such materials, as we are not able to accept them. 

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