Free Disposal of Unwanted Pesticides

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When:  March 6, 2019

Time:   10 a.m.–2 p.m.

LocationCraven County Agricultural Building, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC

N.C. Cooperative Extension in Craven County is partnering with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Science Pesticide Division to offer free disposal of unwanted, damaged, or expired pesticides at the Craven County Agricultural Building on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. All pesticides in original containers with original labels will be accepted. If the pesticide is not in its original container or is damaged, it must be over-packed in a safe, closable plastic container. Printed labels are acceptable if attached prior to delivery. Always follow these rules:

  • Leave pesticide(s) in the original container(s) with the label intact.
  • Handle containers with chemical resistant gloves and other appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
  • Wash hands with soap and water after handling.
  • Handle containers in a manner to prevent spillage.

To ensure adequate transport space, individuals delivering any one container 5.0 gallons or larger must register prior to the event by calling (252) 633-1477. Please provide the product name and number of containers 5.0 gallons or larger to be delivered.

Individuals are responsible for any spillage, damage, subsequent cleanup, and restoration that might occur while you are transporting the wastes, regardless of who caused the accident. The state, county, and its contractor are not responsible for any spillage that occurs before the collection site accepts the waste. As such, the following is suggested:

  1. Make sure all pesticide containers are securely closed. Containers that cannot be securely closed should be packed within another container that can be securely closed.
  2. Line the storage area of the transport vehicle with plastic sheeting to contain any potential spillage that might occur and simplify any cleanup and decontamination.
  3. If possible, arrange the pesticides by hazard class (flammables, corrosives, oxidizers, poisons) to prevent mixing of incompatible materials should spillage occur.
  4. Make sure labels are securely attached. Arrange containers in your vehicle so that they are braced to prevent shifting that may result in container damage and/or leakage.
  1. Keep containers dry during transport. Loads in open vehicles such as pickup trucks should be covered in the event of rainfall.
  2. Do not transport pesticide wastes in a manner that will allow fumes to enter the vehicle.
  3. Make a list of the pesticides that you are transporting. Include on the list the name(s) of the pesticide(s), the number of containers, and hazard class (when known).
  4. Drive directly to the pesticide collection program site after you load your vehicle.
  5. Drive safely!

At the collection site, proceed to the line you are directed by the representative at the site. Handle with care all waste and unused pesticide product containers to minimize the possibility of container rupture and loss of the material.

Written By

Mike Carroll, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike CarrollArea Agent, Agriculture Call Mike E-mail Mike N.C. Cooperative Extension, Craven County Center
Posted on Feb 6, 2019
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