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Pesticide disposal program planned

April 13, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County residents can clean out their garages and garden sheds of old cans and bottles of bug sprays and weed killers for an upcoming household pesticide collection sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The free collection of these household chemicals will be held on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at two locations. On Friday, residents can bring the pesticides to the Antrim Township Municipal Garage, 10655 Antrim Church Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturday pesticides can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin County Administrative Annex, 218 N. Second St.

Only pesticides will be accepted. According to the Department of Agriculture, these include ant, fly, roach and other insect sprays; mouse, rat and rodent poisons; flea powders, chlordane, DDT, moth balls, wood preservatives, herbicides and fungicides.

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Other possibly hazardous household chemicals will not be accepted. Those include paint, used motor oil, anti-freeze and solvents, according to the Department of Agriculture.

For amounts of more than 20 gallons or 100 pounds, residents should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 787-3400 for special instruction prior to the collection date.

Anyone unsure about whether a product qualifies for the pickup should call the department, or the Penn State Agricultural Extension Office in Chambersburg at 1-717-263-9226.

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