Unwanted pesticide pick-up program

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LDAF) - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has established its first pesticide pick-up location to collect unwanted pesticides from agricultural producers across the state who need assistance disposing of them properly.

The first day of the Unwanted Pesticide Pick-Up Program will be on December 10, 2019, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Franklin Cotton Warehouse located at 969 La. 868, Winnsboro, La. 71295.

More dates and locations will be announced in the near future.

Eligible items include but are not limited to partially full containers of pesticides and pesticide products that are canceled or expired.

The program will be conducted at various locations in the state on an annual basis. There is no cost to the farmer, and it is completely anonymous for those who wish to participate.

“This is a great opportunity for agricultural producers to get rid of old, unused or partial containers of pesticides,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M. “This program allows us to help properly dispose of unwanted pesticides and ensure that human health and the environment in Louisiana are protected.”

Currently in Louisiana, an individual wishing to dispose of pesticide products must contact a licensed contractor for disposal, which results in a costly fee based on pounds of product(s) submitted for disposal. The LDAF program will not require a fee for the disposal of unwanted pesticides. The cost of the program will be funded through fees associated with pesticide manufacturers’ product registrations in Louisiana. All pesticides offered for sale in Louisiana must be registered annually with the LDAF.

The LDAF has retained a licensed contractor for the program. This contractor will assume all responsibility for pesticide products delivered to the designated locations and for disposal.

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