Do you have pesticides sitting in storage that you do not intend to use?
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring three Clean Sweep Pesticide collections for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides. The following locations will accept farm chemicals in August:
· Delaware County – Aug. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds (entrance off U.S. 23), 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH 43015.
· Putnam County – Aug. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension Putnam County Office (gated parking lot on east side of the building), 1206 East 2nd Street, Ottawa, OH 45857.
· Athens County – Aug. 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Albany Independent Fairgrounds, 5201 Washington Road, Albany, OH 45710.
The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge. Disposals are limited to farmers only, and only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted. Pesticides do not have to be in original containers or identifiable for disposal. The largest container that can be accepted is a 55 gallon drum as long as it has a good sealed bung.
There is no limit to the amount of pesticides that a farmer can bring, although ODA would like to know if someone is bringing anything larger than a pickup load.
Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.