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July 11, 2018
Dates and Collection Sites Announced For 2018 Pesticide Collection and Disposal Program
Contact: Elaine 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 2018 pesticide collection 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 The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner.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its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Collection Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, protecting public health and completely eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.

This year, the disposal program takes place in the following localities: the counties of Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward and the cities of Bedford, Danville, Lynchburg, Martinsville and South Boston. To administer the Pesticide Collection Program, VDACS divides Virginia into five regions. Each year, the department conducts a collection in a different region. Once all five regions have been served, the program starts another cycle.

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 may arrange assistance on a case-by-case basis.  Only 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 need to complete a pesticide disposal registration form ahead of time and return the completed form to Jeffrey.rogers@vdacs.virginia.gov or mail to Office of Pesticide Services, VDACS, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond Virginia 23218. The form is available at vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticide-collection.shtml or by contacting the program at 804.786.3798.

Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent (ext.vt.edu/office.html ) or to Jeffrey Rogers at the number or email above.

See below for a list of collection sites and dates:

2018 PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM COLLECTION SITES AND SCHEDULE

All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9/17/2018
Burkeville Southern States: 105 N. Agnew Street, Burkeville, VA 23922

9/18/2018
Martinsville Southern States: 3200 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville, VA 24078

9/19/2018
Farmville Southern States: 182 Smi Way, Farmville, VA 23901

9/20/2018
Lynchburg Livestock Market: 243 Livestock Road, Rustburg, VA 24588

9/24/2018
Meherrin Ag and Chemical: 1409 Vincent Store Road, Charlotte Courthouse, VA

9/25/2018
Crop Production Service: 501 W. Danville Street, South Hill, VA 23970

9/26/2018
Ag Development Center: 1001 Farm Way Lane, Scottsburg, VA 24589

9/27/2018
Chatham Southern States: 968 Halifax Road, Chatham, VA 24531  


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