RICHMOND, Va. — Farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, homeowners and golf course operators are encouraged to participate in the Virginia Pesticide Collection Program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner. Since its inception, the Virginia Pesticide Collection Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.5 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, protecting public health and eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), through its Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), and in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, provide this service at no charge. The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS.
The following is a list of the 2021 collection sites and schedule. All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug. 23 – Greenline Service Corporation Aug. 24 – Helena Agri-Enterprises
11417 Tidewater Trail 00 Commerce Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408 Warsaw, VA 22572
Aug. 31 – Hartfield Fire Department Sept. 1 – Nutrien Ag Solutions
3309 Twiggs Ferry Road 15277 Richmond Tappahannock Hwy.
Hartfield, VA 23071 St. Stephens Church, VA 23148
Sept. 9 – Merrifield Garden Center Sept. 10 – James S Long Regional Park.
12101 Lee Highway 4603 James Madison Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030 Haymarket, VA 20169
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 one of the 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 are asked to complete a pesticide collection registration form prior to arrival 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 or to Jeffrey Rogers using the contact information above.
–Michael Wallace, VDACS