Pesticide disposal program offered
The Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program allows Utah residents to safely dispose of pesticides at no cost. The program, which runs until June 14, offers a safe, economical and environmentally appropriate way to dispose of cancelled, suspended, expired, unwanted, unused and unstable pesticides. Richard Beard, Utah State University Cooperative Extension specialist encourages pesticide users to use this safe, convenient disposal rather than dispose of unused pesticides in an improper and illegal manner.
Locations for free pesticide disposal include: Intermountain Farmers Association (IFA) store locations in Cedar City, Delta, Draper, Garland, Lewiston, Price, Richfield and Roosevelt; J&J Nursery/Great Basin Turf Products in Davis County; and Steve Regan store locations in Logan, Salt Lake City and St. George. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) road shed in Santaquin will have a one-day drop-off held on June 17.
According to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), pesticide products stored for long periods of time often lead to environmental problems as the containers deteriorate and develop leaks.
"Waste pesticides are transported to a commercial incinerator," explained Beard of the emission-free process at disposal locations. "They are placed inside an enclosed burn chamber and incinerated at a very high temperature to prevent the release of harmful fumes."
Since the program's inception in 1993, more than 91 tons of unwanted pesticides have been collected and disposed of.
Pesticides brought to disposal locations are incinerated by Clean Harbors, a licensed hazardous waste company contracted by UDAF to collect and dispose of unwanted pesticides.
The Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program is funded by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and is a cooperative effort with Intermountain Farmers Association, J&J Nursery/Great Basin Products, Steve Regan and the Utah Department of Transportation.