Bladen County to host free Pesticide Collection Day

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Extension Office, in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program, a non-regulatory and cost-free program, will offer a Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Bladen County on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.

Nearly all pesticide products will be accepted at this amnesty collection event, including banned and out-dated pesticides. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, contact the Cooperative Extension Office for instructions. Please save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials cannot be accepted.

For pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers greater than 5 gallons in size, contact the Extension Office BEFORE the Collection Day for special instructions and information. For tips on transporting the pesticides safely to the Collection event, contact the Extension Office at 910-862-4591.

Each year the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program ( visits between 40 and 50 counties to collect unwanted and unused pesticides through this non-regulatory amnesty program. This means that a collection day of this kind only happens about once every other year in each county.

For information, contact Becky Spearman, Bladen County Agricultural Extension agent for livestock at 910-862-4591.