The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds are sponsoring the Clean Sweep Program, aimed at collecting agricultural waste pesticides in northwest and southwest Kansas this month.
Any Kansas farmer or rancher is eligible for the program. Pesticide dealers, manufacturers, or distributors are not eligible for free disposal; however, they can register in advance and pay on site for pesticide disposal on designated days.
Current, canceled, unwanted, unused, obsolete, or damaged pesticides are eligible for collection. However, empty pesticide containers will not be accepted.
"It's especially important for farmers and ranchers to search their barns, sheds and chemical storage area for canceled products," says Jim Rudeen of the KDHE. "Continued use of some canceled products may be illegal. This program allows farmers and ranchers to dispose of these materials, no questions asked."
Pre-registration is requested but not required to ensure appropriate manpower and equipment to handle the expected amount of pesticides coming in.
Collections will occur in:
Hays, Ellis County Solid Waste Facility, 55th and Hall. Dates for collection are Nov 13-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Business waste pesticides accepted Nov. 15).
Dodge City, Ford County Public Works, 10972 113 Road. Dates for collection are Nov. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Business waste pesticides accepted Nov. 16).
Business must provide payment on site and pre-register with KDHE by calling 1-800-282-9790. To pre-register for the Hays location, call the Ellis County Environmental Office, (785) 628-9449; the Ellis County Agriculture Extension office, (785) 628-9430. For both locations, call the KDHE at (800) 282-9790.
Some pesticides that need to be disposed of
Look in your sheds and outbuildings, because there are some old pesticides that farmers and ranchers should no longer possess. Some of these include:
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