RICHMOND, Va. — Farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, homeowners and golf course operators are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Virginia Pesticide Collection Program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides, at no cost to eligible participants, and disposes of them in a safe manner.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Office of Pesticide Services, with participation from Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, oversee the program, which has collected and destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides since its inception. The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS.
The following is a list of the 2022 collection sites and schedule. All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug. 9 Southern States Aug. 10 CFC Farm & Home Center
5784 Valley Pike 15172 Brandy Road
Stephens City, VA Culpeper, VA
Sept. 6 CFC Farm & Home Center Sept. 7 Rockingham Co. Fairgrounds
12645 Lee Hwy. 4808 South Valley Pike
Sperryville, VA Harrisonburg, VA
Sept. 8 Ivy Materials Utilization Ctr. Oct. 11 Page Cooperative Farm Bureau
4576 Dick Woods Road 127 Big Oak Road
Charlottesville, VA Luray, VA
Oct. 12 Madison Co. Fairgrounds Oct. 13 Rockbridge Farmers’ Coop.
1015 Fairground Road 33 Yellow Rail Lane
Madison, VA Lexington, VA
In administering 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. Click here to view a map of future collection localities.
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 prior to the scheduled collection date and return the completed form to email@example.com or mail to Office of Pesticide Services, VDACS, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond Virginia 23218. The form is available at https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/disposalregistration.pdf or by contacting the program at (804) 371-6560.
Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent or to the VDACS Office of Pesticide Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Michael Wallace, VDACS