Free Agricultural Pesticide Collection Event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Free Agricultural Pesticide Collection Event

Pesticide Users Are Encouraged to Drop-off Unused Pesticides at Free Event on May 9th

Agricultural and commercial pesticide users from Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties can register to bring unwanted pesticides to the Beaver Hill Transfer Station on Saturday, May 9, 2015 for the Free Agricultural Pesticide Collection Event.  Appointments are available from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Registration is through Clean Harbors Environmental Services; registration forms are available through the OSU Extension Office in Myrtle Point or the Coos County Solid Waste Department at the Beaver Hill Transfer Station.  Information is available on their websites: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos  or http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/SolidWaste.aspx

 

The one-day event is intended to give commercial, agricultural and institutional pesticide users the  opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of waste pesticides. Collected information will be used for planning and scheduling but will not be used for regulatory reporting. Registration is open until April 25th but may close sooner due to limited funding.

 

Empty, triple-rinsed, pesticide containers will also be accepted (no registration necessary).

 

The event is being hosted by a partnership of local organizations to help reduce the risk of accidental pesticide release into surface or ground water. Partners includeOSU Extension Service in Myrtle Point, Coos County Solid Waste Department, Coos County Weed Advisory Board, Coos & Coquille Watershed Associations, Coos and Curry SWCD, South Coast Watershed Council, Lower Rogue Watershed Council, Agri-Plas Inc. and others. Funding provided by  the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality supports the collection and disposal of the waste by Clean Harbors Environmental Services.

 

The Beaver Hill Transfer Station is located at 55722 Highway 101, (approximately 14 miles south of Coos Bay on Highway 101). The site is ¼ mile south of Milepost 253 on Highway 101.

 

For registration and technical questions, contact Graham Gadzia of Clean Harbors at(253) 639-4240 ext. 2813 or gadzia.graham@cleanharbors.com

 

Contact Information:

Cassie Bouska, (541) 572-5263, Cassie.Bouska@oregonstate.edu or

Cheryl Westgaard, (541) 396-7623, cwestgaard@co.coos.or.us

 

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