A day of amnesty will be granted for those wishing to dispose of legal and illegal pesticides Wednesday at Terra International in Waynesboro, Ga.
In an attempt to get rid of pesticides that might be harmful to the environment, this program will be offered to the public at no charge.
Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Augusta-Richmond County Extension Service, this program hopes to attract people and businesses who cannot dispose of pesticides because of legal or economical reasons.
Eligible pesticides include insecticides, growth regulators, fungicides, harvest aid chemicals, nematicides, bactericides and herbicides.
"Responsible people aren't going to dump it (pesticides) and hurt the environment," said Sidney L. Mullis Jr., Richmond County Extension director. "It's so costly to have it dumped and it's such a hassle for most people."
To professionally dispose of pesticides, Mr. Mullis said it could cost as much as $6,000. This program lets those interested in getting rid of old pesticides to do so safely and for free.
The deadline for pre-registration for the free program is Monday.
Mr. Mullis has sent letters and registration forms to area businesses. Once the companies reply and fill out the necessary forms, he looks over the list of pesticides the company claims to have. He then sends them an acceptance letter with directions to the site.
Items that are brought to the site that have not been preregistered or cleared in advance will be turned away, he said.
Green Thumb West nursery on Davis Road is one of the businesses that have decided to take the opportunity to dispose of pesticides.
Participants will be asked to deliver their waste pesticides to a designated collection site where a disposal contractor will unload them. The contractor will then accept the sole responsibility for the waste and will provide all handling, packaging and disposal of the waste pesticides at the collection site.
For more information about the program call, (706) 821-2352.
Reach Barnini Chakraborty at (706) 823-3332.