The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to facilitate “Clean Day” Sept. 14 in Macon County. Clean Day provides a cost-free opportunity for farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators and nurserymen to dispose of up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides in a safe, environmentally sound way.
Products that are out of date, unusable, have expired registration or illegible labels will also qualify for this program.
Dr. Sonja Thomas, an Alabama pesticide safety education specialist, said the program allows disposal of material with no questions asked.
“Clean Day, also known as Amnesty Day, is a great way for farmers and other pesticide applicators to discard their old and unused products,” Thomas said.
Clean Day Registration
To participate in Clean Day, participants must complete and return a registration form to their county Extension office. Fax registration forms to( 334) 240-7168, Attention: Kristen Lashley. The deadline to register is Aug. 31. Participants will be contacted before Clean Day with specific information about the disposal day. Adequate and accurate contact information is required.
Accepted materials include both known and unidentifiable pesticide waste. Materials include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides and other products such as defoliants, adjuvants and growth retardants.
Products that are not accepted include, but are not limited to: explosives or ordinance materials, compressed gas cylinders, petroleum products (motor oil), paints, tires, medical waste, radioactive materials, dioxin precursors or seeds.
To dispose of more than 1,000 pounds of material, contact Kristen Lashley at the Department of Agriculture. For more information, contact your county Extension office, or Kristen Lashley at (334) 240-7224.