Another Pesticide Disposal. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is sponsoring pesticide disposal events at Okanogan and Wenatchee in late May. The Okanogan event is on May 25, while the waste pesticide collection near Wenatchee will be on May 26. Lacy Gray has more.
GRAY: To participate in this free program, you need to contact WSDA by April 21. This will allow them time to respond to any requested farm site assistance and plan for an efficient, safe collection event. WSDA encourages farmers, businesses, residents and landowners to inspect their storage sheds, barns, shops and garages and look for agricultural and commercial-grade pesticide products that are no longer needed or wanted. Participants turned over 167,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides to WSDA last year. Agricultural and commercial-grade pesticide products accepted for disposal include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides and most chemicals that kill, repel or prevent unwanted pests. Customers transport unwanted pesticides to the local collection site where WSDA takes possession. A hazardous waste company works with WSDA at the collection site to segregate and package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.
Through this program, more than 2.3 million pounds of waste pesticide products have been collected and properly disposed of since 1988. WSDA also regulates the registration, sale and use of pesticides. But remember you must sign up by April 21st for the Wenatchee and Okanagan collections.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.