Upcoming Pesticide Collection dates scheduled across North Carolina

by | Apr 16, 2024

Pesticides collected at a scheduled site.

This photo is of a truck bed load of unwanted pesticides collected during a special collection and disposal day.

Drop off sites offer an easy way for farmers and homeowners to get rid of unwanted pesticides.

 

 

 

Farmers and homeowners will be able to dispose of unwanted pesticides at several upcoming special pesticide collection days in April and May that are planned in cooperation with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.

The Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program is closing in on the collection of five million pounds of unwanted pesticides since the program started in 1980, which is a significant milestone, said program manager Derrick Bell.

“North Carolina was the first state in the country with this type of collection program and it been beneficial in keeping unwanted pesticides out of landfills and trash,” Bell said. “Interest in this program remains high and the collection season is off to a good start already. A few weeks ago, we were able to collect 8,000 pounds of pesticides over three counties in one week. Overall, we average around 195,000 pounds collected every year.”

In working with Cooperative Extension offices to schedule collection days, Bell said the department’s goal is to try to be in each county once every other year and in a neighboring county every six to eight months, which provides close and accessible options when the need to dispose of unwanted pesticides arises. Funding from the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund and the N.C. General Assembly in the 2023-2024 budget supports these efforts.

As awareness has grown over the years, so has participation. Even with nearly 5 million pounds collected, products from as far back as the 1940s still show up at collection events, Bell said, reinforcing the need for these annual events.

 

Collection sites still see outdated and no longer used pesticides.

Collection sites still see outdated and no longer used pesticides such as this container of DDT.

“The program have seen its 10 largest collection years over the past 10 years,” Bell said. “The largest single-day collection record still stands at 20,000 pounds collected in a four-hour period.”

Collection hours are typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but can vary by site. Check with the onsite contact listed below for hours and locations.

Following are upcoming dates and contacts for each site:
April 24 – Robeson County. Contact Mac Malloy, 910-671-3276.
April 25 – Pender County. Contact Mark Seitz, 910-259-1235.
April 27 – Richmond County. Contact Anthony Growe, 910-997-8255.
April 27 – Gaston County. Contact Laura Worden, 704-922-2118.
April 30 — Ashe County. Contact  Micah Orfield, 336-846-5850.
May 1 — Davie County. Contact Marsha McGraw, 336-753-6100.
May 2 — Moore County. Contact Tom Shea, 910-947-3188.
May 4 – Catawba County. Contact Ariel Kanupp, 828-465-8217.
May 4 – Harnett County. Contact Brian Parrish, 910-893-7530.
May 9 – Dare County – Kitty Hawk. Contact Shannon Fulmer, 252-475-5844.
May 10 – Dare County – Buxton. Contact Shannon Fulmer, 252-475-5844.
May 11 – Dare County – Manteo. Contact Shannon Fulmer, 252-475-5844.
May 11 – Onslow County. Contact Melissa Huffman, 910-455-5873.
May 14 – Macon County. Contact Joe Deal, 828-349-2046.
May 15 — Yancey County. Contact David Davis, 828-682-1874.
May 18 – Granville County. Contact Johnny Coley, 919-603-1350.

Organizers are also hoping to offer events in Alamance, Carteret, Lenoir, Northampton, Pamlico, Pitt, Rockingham and Wilkes counties this year.