The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will be helping agricultural producers across the state who need assistance disposing of pesticides properly.
The ‘Unwanted Pesticides Pick-Up’ program will be conducted at various locations throughout the state on an annual basis.
This will be free to the farmer, and it is completely anonymous for anyone wanting to participate.
The only pesticide collection program in the state was conducted by the department back in 1996. Upon completion of the project, the department had collected approximately 200 tons of unused pesticides.
One of the reasons for the program is to save farmers money.
“A lot of pesticides out there that are on farms and in the environment. There are probably a lot of small, partially filled cans. For a particular entity to dispose of that, they would have to hire a hazardous waste disposal company and pay them a service fee and pay a fee per pound to pick up the pesticides,“ says Commissioner Mike Strain.
LSU Agriculture Center extension agents will assist LDAF in compiling an inventory of pesticide products in each parish.
The LDAF has retained a licensed contractor for the program. This contractor will assume all responsibility for pesticide products delivered to the designated locations and for disposal.
The drop-off locations and date are expected to be announced in late September.