State Agencies Offer Disposal Options for Unused Pesticides

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Virginia Pesticide Control Board invite farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, homeowners and golf courses to participate in the 2011 pesticide disposal program, which collects unwanted, outdated, or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner.   VDACS, through its Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), provides this service at no cost to participants in the designated localities.   The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS.   Since its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Disposal Program has collected and destroyed over 1.6 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, completely eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed.

This year, the disposal program takes place in the following localities: the counties of
Albemarle, Augusta, Bath, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Greene, Highland, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren and the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.
Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to central collection sites located within the service area.   If participants cannot safely containerize the unwanted pesticides for transport, the disposal contractor will make arrangements to do that for them.   Only unwanted pesticides will be accepted.   Pesticide contaminated material (for example, pesticide contaminated fertilizer) will not be accepted as part of the disposal program.   In addition, the program does NOT accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals.

The following drop off locations are available to people in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.   Pesticides will not be accepted in advance.

  • September 14       Rockingham County Fairgrounds (4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg)
  • September 15       Shenandoah County Landfill (349 Landfill Road, Edinburg)
  • September 16       Southern States Stephens City (5784 Valley Pike, Stephens City)
  • October 6                     CFC Farm and Home Center, Marshall Va. (8222 East Main Street, Marshall)

Participants must complete a pesticide disposal registration form ahead of time.   The form is available at your local Extension Office (Clarke = 955-5164; Frederick = 665-5699; Page = 778-5794; Shenandoah = 459-6140; Warren = 635-4549).

The deadline for submitting forms is August 26.   Forms should be submitted to the Extension Offices in Frederick or Shenandoah County.   If you have questions please contact Bobby Clark at 459-6140 or Laura Shifflett at 665-5699.

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540/459-6140 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.