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Collection Date Set for Unwanted Pesticides

South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner
Media Contact: Kelly Coakley, 803‐734‐2196,


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is partnering with Richland County Solid Waste and Recycling Department to accept unwanted or unused pesticides from farmers and homeowners at no charge.

Richland County is holding its annual Richland Recycles Day at the SC State Fairgrounds. Although most of the recycling event is only open to residents of Richland County, waste pesticides will be accepted from residents of any SC county. Pesticides will not be accepted from any type of commercial business or commercial applicator. Other collections events are planned for later this year that will be open to commercial applicators in the state.

• Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 16, 2014.
• Location: SC State Fairground, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC, 29201
• SCDA will have personnel on site to monitor pesticide collection.
• Quantities accepted will be limited to 2500 pounds of solid and 300 gallons of
liquid at no charge.
• No fertilizer (unless it is combined with a pesticide such as weed and feed),
compressed gas cylinders (metal cylinder with a valve) or empty containers will
be collected in the pesticide location of the event.
• SCDA has final authority and will make the decision on whether or not to take
waste from participants once vendor decides whether or not staff can properly
dispose of product.
• Pesticide products include herbicides, insecticides, nematicides, fungicides and
other similar products used in agricultural production or around the home.

For more information regarding pesticide collection, contact SCDA’s John Stokes at 803-737-9696. For more information on Richland Recycles Day event, contact Richland County Solid Waste and Recycling at 803-576-2446.
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