Pesticide recycling offered

Published 9:59 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Farmers with empty containers taking up space on their farm have the opportunity to get rid of them soon.

The Virginia Cooperative Extension City of Suffolk Extension Office will coordinate the 2013 Plastic Pesticide Recycling Program for farmers. The drop-off site will be at Meherrin Agricultural and Chemical Company, 6710 South Quay Road.

Eligible items include rigid, high-density polyethylene, 55 gallons and smaller, that previously held products used in the crop protection, professional turf, forestry, industrial vegetation management, aquatics and some pest control markets.

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Non-eligible items include any container constructed of anything other than HDPE, rotationally molded containers, mini-bulk, intermediate bulk containers, totes, and all containers that previously held products utilized in the animal health, consumer home and garden, some pest control and swimming pool maintenance markets.

Farmers turning in containers should triple or pressure rinse, remove the caps and booklet and leave the labels on.

Call the Suffolk Extension Office to set up times to drop off containers.

Rinse nozzles and cap removers are available in the office. Contact Marcus Williams, ANR Agent, at 514-4332, or Susan Sharp, UAA Extension Office, at 757-514-4331.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive device, services or other accommodations to participate in this or any activities, please contact the Suffolk Extension Office at 514-4331 during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss any needed accommodations.