Pesticide Disposal Day in Macon County

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Many household products are potentially hazardous to our environment if disposed of Improperly. Particularly vulnerable is our water supply, which can be easily polluted. Plants, animals, and humans can all be affected by the unsafe and careless disposal of everyday chemicals from our homes.

N.C. Cooperative Extension of Macon County, in collaboration with North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, hosted a pesticide disposal day on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Every two years Macon County is a host site for The Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program. The Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program (PDAP) is a consumer services program in the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The PDAP, part of the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, is a NON-REGULATORY program that provides cost-free assistance to farmers and homeowners. The goal of the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program is to assist the citizens of North Carolina by managing and supervising the safe collection and lawful disposal of banned, outdated, or unwanted pesticides.

This year 419 containers of pesticides weighing 2457 pounds were collected. Over the past six years, Macon County has brought over 8000 pounds of unwanted pesticides to our collection days. Way to go Macon County!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in the event, by helping keep our landfills free of unwanted pesticides and utilizing this environmentally-conscious program. For additional information about pesticide disposal, you can contact the Macon County office at 828-349-2046 or Derrick Bell with NCDA&CS at PDAP. The next Pesticide Disposal day for Macon County will be in 2022.

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