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September 10, 2019
Dates and Collection Sites Announced for 2019 Pesticide Collection 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 2019 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 The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner.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its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Collection Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, protecting public health and eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.

This year, the collection 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. 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, VDACS 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 collection program. In addition, the program does NOT accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals.

Participants need to complete a pesticide collection 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:

2019 PESTICIDE COLLECTION PROGRAM COLLECTION SITES AND SCHEDULE

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

9/30/2019
Alphin-Stuart Arena
500 Plantation Ave., Blacksburg, VA 24060

10/1/2019       
Grover King VFW Post 115
701 West Stuart Drive, Hillsville, VA 24343

10/2/2019       
Super Grow of Virginia
701 Lee Highway, Chilhowie, VA 24319

10/7/2019
Rockingham Cooperative - Crop Center 
79 Mountain Ave., Troutville, VA 24175

10/8/2019       
S & W Fertilizer, Seed & Chemical
605 West Railroad Ave., Wytheville, VA 24382

10/9/2019       
Duffield Volunteer Fire & Rescue
1326 Industrial Park Road, Duffield, VA 24244


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