***Homeowners may participate in Household Hazardous Waste programs as described in the “Homeowner” section of this web site. The following information is intended for farmers and commercial applicators. Follow all local, state, and federal regulations regarding pesticide handling and disposal, and review the product label for any specific directions.***
This module will help you understand the options for handling and disposing unwanted pesticides and pesticide-treated seed. It provides general principles and external links to organizations that can assist you on the proper disposal of pesticides in your area. Dr. Wayne Buhler, Professor, North Carolina State University, compiled the information in this module using resources acknowledged in the Introduction and contributions from national subject matter experts listed below.
- Nancy Fitz, Chemical Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Fred Gabriel, Line of Business Director, Clean Harbors Environmental Services
- Derrick Bell, Pesticide Disposal Assistance Director, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
- Carol Ramsay, Pesticide Education Specialist, Washington State University
A brief description of, and links to, the various topics within this module follows:
- Introduction — Basic “do’s and don’ts” of disposing unwanted pesticides
- Disposal Options — What to do with unwanted pesticide
- Federal Laws — Legal regulation of disposal
- How to Deal with Label Changes — Disposal of pesticides with canceled uses
- Transporting Wastes — Hazmat regulations for roadways
- Reduce the Need for Disposal — Steps to improve pesticide management
- Treated Seed Disposal — Proper disposal of pesticide-treated seed
- Web Links/Fact Sheets — List of additional resources
Compiled by Wayne Buhler, PhD.