Olympia, WA - Washington's fall roundup of pesticides from large farms
and commercial users will soon be underway, and last year it netted
more than 120,000 pounds. The state Department of Agriculture contracts
with companies that take the chemicals to Utah or Arkansas, where they
are incinerated at what Mike Louisell with the Ag Department calls
state-of-the-art facilities. As more farms, golf courses and others "go
organic," he says there's quite a variety of chemicals they no longer
"Typically, we get at these waste events, pesticides that are
classified as herbicides, such as 2-4-D, Clopyrilid, Dynaseb; or
insecticides, such as parathion, malathion. Or even DDT, we still get
in some of our collections."
The state supervises collection of the pesticides because it's also
responsible for regulating them and licensing users, so ensuring proper
disposal is part of the cycle, Louisell says.
"Just safely getting rid of pesticides so that they don't end up
harming the environment; they don't end up in streams, rivers or bodies
of water. Or, they don't harm people that might stumble upon them."
The collections are only for commercial users, not homeowners.
Businesses are asked to contact the Ag Department this month to let
them know what's coming. In September, drop-off events are planned in
Seattle on the first and Puyallup on the second; in Linden on the
ninth, Longview on the 16th and Spokane on the 24th. The toll-free
Waste Pesticide Program number is 877-301-4555.
The Web site is http://agr.wa.gov - click on "Pesticides and Fertilizers."