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2013 PRESS RELEASES

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December 18, 2013
PROGRAM REMOVES MORE THAN 47,000 POUNDS OF UNWANTED PESTICIDES FROM SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA
~ 2014 disposal program will target Southeast Virginia ~
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today the results of the 2013 Pesticide Disposal Program. Through this free program, VDACS removed a total of 47,559 pounds of unwanted pesticides. Participants included agricultural producers, licensed pesticide dealers and pest control firms, golf courses and homeowners. The program is available at no cost to eligible participants and is supported by pesticide fees collected by VDACS. Since the program’s inception, more than 1.2 million pounds of pesticides have been collected and destroyed.

Collected pesticides through the years have included DDT, Chlordane, Dursban, Paraquat, arsenic-containing pesticides, toxaphene, dieldren, silvex, 2,4,5-T and more. In the initial phases of the program, many of the pesticides collected had been banned and farmers or pest control firms had been holding onto the materials waiting for a safe collection method.

Participating localities in 2013 included 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.  

In 2014, the program will take place in the counties of Accomack, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, New Kent, Northampton, Prince George, Powhatan, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, York and the cities of Chesapeake, Colonial Heights, Emporia, Franklin, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

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