Bulldog Bytes- An E-Newsletter of
Paulding County Cooperative Extension
Mark Your Calendar
Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator Review, CEUs available-Wednesdays, More information.
January 13th-West Georgia Green Association, Monthly Meeting, Contact Kevin Livingston.
January 18th-20th-John Deere Landscapes University. Information and registration.
January 26th-28th—GGIA Wintergreen. Learn more and register online.
February 15th-Greenup Landscape Update, Macon State College. For more information, contact Karen Atkins, Houston County Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disposing of Pesticides (The Right Way!)
Willie Chance, Outreach Coordinator, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
Most certified pesticide applicators eventually run into a situation where they have old or excess pesticides that they no longer use. How can commercial pesticide applicators properly dispose of these pesticides? I spoke with Steve Cole, Georgia Department of Agriculture and got some tips:
1. First, do not dispose of these pesticides in an illegal or unsafe way. Do not pour them into storm drains and other drains, or put them into trash cans, or use other similar disposal methods. These disposal systems can quickly put people and the environment at risk. This may cause a liability problem for you personally or your company.
2. The best method to dispose of old or unwanted pesticides is by using it per label directions. Be careful to use it on a labeled crop, at the labeled rate with all recommended precautions. Even with an old pesticide, follow the label! Just because a pesticide is old and perhaps ineffective, does not mean it is not still toxic. The label is still the law!
Apply the pesticide in a place where it is least likely to impact people and the environment. Consider that though you must use the pesticide per the label, you do not necessarily have to use the pesticide for the purpose or location for which you bought it. When disposing of pesticides by applying them, select a location where there will be less risk to people or the environment.
3. If the pesticide is not too old, share it with someone who could use the pesticide legally. The exception to this would be restricted use pesticides (RUPs). Do not share RUPs with someone else, but rather use them yourself. If you give an RUP to another person and they use it incorrectly, you may be liable since the pesticide was purchased under your license number. When sharing a pesticide consider that:
The pesticide must remain in the original container and with the label.
The user must follow all label directions. Select a pesticide applicator to receive the pesticide that will be able to legitimately use the chemical according to the label.
4. Certain companies dispose of pesticides for a fee. There will usually be a set-up fee and a per pound fee. If you must go this route, try to gather all your un-needed pesticides at one time so that you pay only one set-up fee.
5. Reduce the need to dispose of pesticides by following these tips: Buy only the amount of pesticide you will use quickly.
Use pesticides before they get old. Use your oldest stock first so that none of your pesticides become too old to use.
Proper handling and storage, per label directions, may lengthen the effective life of the pesticide.
In summary: Using unwanted pesticides per label directions is usually the best disposal method, even if you think they will not be effective. Read the pesticide label to select a place to apply the pesticide that is both legal and safe for people and the environment.
Apply the pesticide to this site following all label directions and precautions including any required personal protection equipment and posting.
further information about pesticide disposal:
Hazardous Waste Division, Georgia Environmental Protection Division – (404) 657-8831 (agricultural) or (404) 362-2537 (household)
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