Pesticide Disposal Held by NC Cooperative Extension and NCDA & CS
Pesticides are important tools for farmers that help limit pest (weed/insect/disease) damage in the agriculture operation. Many times excess or unused pesticides can sit idly by while the operation continues. These pesticides must be properly disposed of, not buried in a landfill. That is why programs such as the Pesticide Disposal Program of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) exist.
On February 27, Agricultural Extension Agents Jody Carpenter and Austin Brown, Currituck and Camden Counties respectively, met with NCDA&CS representatives at Crop Production Services in Shawboro, NC. The goal for the day was the collection of unused and out-dated pesticides from farmers in the two counties. A total of 120 containers or 1589 pounds of pesticide were collected and safely disposed of as a result of this effort.
Pesticides, if not disposed of properly, can be a non-point pollution source and lead to many adverse environmental effects. One of the priorities of NC Cooperative Extension is the safety and security of our farming systems, and facilitating safe pesticide disposal is one of the top ways to promote that priority.