Idaho ag department plans on collecting unusable pesticides Thursday at Lewiston

Agriculture producers, dealers, professional applicators and homeowners can schedule an appointment through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to safely dispose of pesticides Thursday, May 6 at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds located at 1229 Burrell Ave. in Lewiston.

Pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides or other products with a “cide” in the name. Unusable pesticides can be taken to the collection site between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. No fertilizer, micronutrients, paint, solvents or motor oil can be accepted at the collection.

The agriculture department asks that participants register the total number of pounds of pesticides requested for disposal by calling Nick Kampf at (208) 816-3860 or the Boise office at (208) 332-8605.

Since 1993 the department has collected and safely disposed of more than 2.3 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.

Anyone seeking more information about the collections may visit the Idaho State Department of Agriculture website.

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