Southwest Idaho agricultural producers, dealers, applicators and homeowners who are storing unusable pesticides will have a safe, legal and free opportunity to dispose of them this March when the Idaho State Department of Agriculture conducts pesticide disposal collections in Gooding, Mountain Home, Nampa and Weiser, Idaho.
Participation is free for the first 1,000 pounds of unusable pesticides per participant. Anyone with unusable herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides should bring them to the closest collection site between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the date and location listed below. Please note, no fertilizer, micronutrients, paint, solvents or motor oil can be accepted.
Gooding: March 26, 2012 Gooding Airport; 1945 Airport Rd., Gooding, ID
Mountain Home: March 27, 2012 Elmore County Mosquito Abetment Shop; 2257 East 8th North
Nampa: March 28, 2012 Pickles Butte Landfill; 15500 Missouri Ave., Nampa, ID
Weiser: March 29, 2012 Idaho Department of Transportation Yard; 550 Indian Head Road, Weiser, ID
"These collections provide a mechanism for disposing of pesticides in an environmentally safe and sound manner," said Victor Mason II, manager of the department's pesticide disposal and container recycling programs. Since 1993, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture has safely disposed of over 1.1 million pounds of unusable pesticides. Pesticides become unusable for many reasons, including loss of potency, exposure to temperature extremes, cancellation or suspension by state or federal authorities, or growers' decisions to change their cropping rotations or practices. For more information about the collections, visit http://www.agri.idaho.gov/ or call (208) 332-8628 or (208) 332-8605.