RICHMOND, Va. — 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 The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner.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its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Collection Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, protecting public health and eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
–Elaine Lidholm, VDACS