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July 10, 2013
DATES AND COLLECTION SITES ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

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 The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner.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Since its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Disposal Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.1 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, completely eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.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 here or 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: jeffrey.rogers@vdacs.virginia.gov, 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 Buchanan and Dickenson Counties:
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 Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the city of Norton:
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
Southern States
            885 Roanoke Street
            Christiansburg, VA 24073

For Alleghany and Craig Counties and the cities of Covington and Clifton Forge:
Friday, October 11
Casey Field
            700 West Oak Street
            Covington, VA 24426

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