EVENT NETS 27,222 POUNDS OF UNWANTED, UNUSABLE PESTICIDES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Clean Day Waste Pesticide Collection Program netted 27,222 pounds of unwanted and unusable pesticides during a Sept. 13 "Clean Day" event from farmers, small business owners and home owners in a six-county area, Ron Sparks, commissioner of Alabama's Department of Agriculture & Industries, reported Tuesday.
"Many of the pesticides collected during Clean Day events are ineffective as a result of age, loss of labeling with directions for use, or deteriorating containers," said Sparks. "Other products may be banned due to state or federal restrictions or are simply unwanted or unneeded. I am pleased to give members of the agricultural community the opportunity to dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides free of charge."
Hundreds have voluntarily delivered pesticide waste products to Clean Day pesticide collection events since the program began. "Eliminating these potentially dangerous chemicals from our state ultimately makes Alabama a cleaner and safer place to live and work," said Sparks. "We in the agricultural community are proud to be good stewards of the environment."
The Clean Day Waste Pesticide Collection Program is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries along with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
For more information on the Clean Day program, contact Linda Brown at (334) 240-3713 or toll-free at 800-642-7761, Ext. 3713.