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Md. offers growers free disposal of pesticides

July 19, 2005

ANNAPOLIS - Growers in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties will be able to dispose of unusable or unwanted agricultural pesticides this year.

Growers in other counties may also register for the program and will be served on a case-by-case basis.

Any grower not admitted to the current program will have his or her name placed on a waiting list for the next available collection year.

"This is an excellent opportunity for growers to safely dispose of old, banned, unwanted or unusable pesticides that may have been stored on their property for years," said Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley.

The program is funded by the state Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the state Department of the Environment, the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension and various agricultural organizations.

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Since the program began in 1995, more than 120,000 pounds of unusable or unwanted pesticides have been collected from 306 farm sites throughout the state.

The 2005 pesticide disposal program in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties is available free of charge to all farmers, nurserymen, greenhouse operators and Christmas tree growers, the state agency said.

Registration forms to participate are available from area Extension offices.

The deadline for registration forms to be submitted to the state agriculture department is Nov. 30.

Once producers submit a registration form listing the types and quantities of pesticides to be disposed, MDA inspectors visit the storage site to estimate the weight of the materials and to tag the pesticide containers for collection.

A contract is awarded by MDA to a certified hazardous waste hauler who makes arrangements with the grower to pick-up the pesticides. The entire process from registration to pick-up takes about eight months, the agency said.




For additional information, contact Rob Hofstetter, the MDA pesticide regulation special programs coordinator, at 1-410-841-5710 or at hofsterj@mda.state.md.us

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