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Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Set for April 22 in Purcell

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:30:35 CDT

Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Set for April 22 in Purcell The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) announced that unwanted pesticides will be collected on April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McClain County Fairgrounds in Purcell. This collection is open to anyone who uses pesticides such as homeowners, farmers, ranchers, nurseries, greenhouses, commercial and non-commercial certified applicators and dealers. Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are allowed.

Unwanted pesticides become unusable as originally intended for various reasons. They may be leftover pesticides, pesticides no longer registered in the state of Oklahoma or no longer have labels or be identifiable. There is no cost for the first 2,500 pounds of pesticides brought in by a participant. Liquid pesticide weighs about 10 pounds per gallon. Some transportation tips can be found by clicking here.

The disposal program is a service designed to remove unusable pesticides from storage and reduce the potential threat to public health and the environment. It has properly disposed of approximately 750,000 pounds of pesticide material since December 2006. Participants in this program will not be prosecuted for illegal management practices. All participants will remain anonymous.

This collection will take only pesticides. No other hazardous waste will be accepted such as oil, paint, or antifreeze. Dealers are asked to pre-register due to the potential of large quantities coming from multiple dealers or multiple locations. This allows the contractor, Stericycle, to plan the appropriate resources to handle the quantity of pesticides that comes into the collection site.

The pre-registration form is available by clicking here along with a Frequently Asked Questions section. For more information, contact Charles Luper, OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program, at 405-744-5808 or charles.luper@okstate.edu; or Ryan Williams, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, at 405-522-5993 or ryan.williams@ag.ok.gov.



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