Mississippi area farmers with waste agricultural pesticides are invited to take part in a waste pesticide disposal event to be held on Thursday, November 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the parking lot in front of the Pontotoc County Agricenter located at 430 CJ Jardin, Jr. Drive in Pontotoc (map).
The one-time event offers farmers a no-cost, environmentally safe way to dispose of leftover pesticide products through a licensed contractor, according to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. A contractor will be on site accepting agricultural waste products at the event. There should be no need for participants to exit their vehicle. However, if participants do need to exit their vehicle for some reason, they should wear a mask.
To take part, farmers should bring their agricultural waste pesticides to the collection site between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on November 19. No drop-offs before or after the designated times are allowed, and doing so could constitute illegal dumping.
There is no charge to Mississippi farmers, but farmers are responsible for safely transporting waste pesticides and tires to the collection sites. Waste pesticides include leftover, cancelled, or otherwise unusable products such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators. No rinsates or pesticides in bulk containers will be collected.
A licensed hazardous waste contractor will be on hand at the collection site and will collect, analyze, and dispose of or recycle the products according to applicable environmental laws and regulations.
This program is coordinated by the Mississippi State University Extension Service with funds made available through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. For more information, contact the Pontotoc County Extension Service office at 662-489-3910.