Unusable pesticide registration underway

Unusable pesticide registration underway Pre-registration for the 2002 Unusable Pesticide Collection of Gov. Bill Janklow's Spruce Up South Dakota project is now open to anyone wishing to get rid of old, outdated, or unwanted pesticides.

The pre-registration period will continue through Oct. 4. Pre-registration forms are available from local County Extension Offices, by calling the South Dakota Department of Agriculture at 1-800-228-5254, or online at: www.state.sd.us/doa/das/disp_frm2.htm.

"This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of unusable pesticide products and the threat they present to the environment," said Janklow.

Pesticide is a general term that includes classes of pest control products such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and bactericides that have agricultural, household or industrial uses. Household products that may be eligible include sanitizers, cleaners, lawn chemicals and bug sprays.

The free program is intended to properly dispose of products that are no longer usable for one or more of the following reasons:

* labeled uses have been cancelled or suspended (i.e. DDT, Chlordane, Toxaphene, etc.);

* the product is no longer in usable condition (i.e. dry products that have caked or liquid products that have separated or settled and cannot be remixed);

* the product is unidentifiable and the label is missing, so proper use is impossible; or containers are in poor condition (i.e. rusted cans, paper bags falling apart).

This program is not meant to be used for cleaning out unused products still labeled for use or in good condition that may be setting on a shelf in the back of a storage area. Those products should be used for their intended purpose, according to label instructions, and should be used before more of the same products are purchased.

All of the products submitted for pre-registration will be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for the program. Applicants will be notified by mail if their pre-registered pesticides are eligible, along with dates and locations for the nearest collection.

Collections are scheduled during October at sites in Rapid City, Pierre, Huron and Brookings. More sites will be added if necessary.

Unusable pesticides collected under this program are inventoried, packaged for shipping, manifested, and properly disposed of by a professional hazardous waste management contractor.

This program is provided at no cost to registrants and has successfully removed 146 tons of unusable pesticide products from the state since 1993.

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