Do you have pesticides sitting in storage that you do not intend to use? The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a Pesticide Clean Sweep Day for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Tuesday, August 15 in Ottawa. The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.
The disposals are limited to farmers only. Commercial entities are not supposed to bring product. Pesticides not have to be in original containers or identifiable for disposal. The largest container that can be accepted is a 55 gallon drum as long as it has a good sealed bung. There is no limit to the amount of pesticides that a farmer can bring, although ODA would like to know if someone is bringing anything larger than a pickup load.
The pesticide collection will happen from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Putnam County Extension Office parking lot (the old Weather Seal Factory west of the Fairgrounds) to allow for local and surrounding county farmers to dispose of these chemicals.
Ohio Pesticide Clean Sweep collections are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the ODA at 614-728-6987.