Free Pesticide Collection Day

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Do you have pesticides at your home or farm you no longer need or use? If your answer is yes, then you’ll be interested in the Robeson County Pesticide Collection Day on Thursday, May 19.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, in cooperation with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, a NON-regulatory and cost-free program, will be offering this pesticide collection day for residents in Robeson and surrounding North Carolina counties.

Mac Malloy, Pesticide Coordinator for Robeson County, will be the local contact for the event. The collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Robeson County Fairgrounds, located at 3750 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Lumberton.

Nearly all commercial pesticide products will be accepted at this free amnesty collection event, including banned and outdated pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, please contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, for instructions. Please save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Mini-bulks and non-pesticide household hazardous waste (HHW) material such as paints, oils, gas, explosives, or drugs will not be accepted on the collection day.

For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gal in size, please contact the Extension office BEFORE the collection day for special instructions and information. For tips on transporting the pesticides safely to the collection event, contact the Extension office.

Each year the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program (www.ncagr.gov/PDAP) visits between 40-50 counties to collect unwanted and unused pesticides through this NON-regulatory amnesty program. This means that a collection day of this kind only happens about once every other year in each county!

Don’t miss this pesticide collection opportunity in Robeson County, co-sponsored by NCDA&CS and Extension. For more information contact Mac Malloy, County Extension Director, at (910) 671-3276.