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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
DEM INITIATES FREE PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES
The goal of the initiative, which is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, is to collect obsolete, unusable pesticides and properly dispose of them in order to avoid any potential contamination that could result from these hazardous materials. It is not uncommon for these materials to accumulate when once-registered products become unregistered or banned; uses and target pests are removed from labels; and when the pesticides simply outlive their shelf life. There is no cost to the holders of the pesticides who bring them in for disposal.
The first three collection events, specifically targeted to the agricultural community, have been scheduled in November at RIDOT facilities in Johnston, North Kingstown and Middletown. They will take place on Tuesday, November 5 at the RIDOT Garage located at 317 Cherry Hill Road in Johnston; Wednesday, November 6 at the RIDOT Garage located at 439 Tower Hill Road in North Kingstown; and Thursday, November 7 at the RIDOT Garage located at 122 Wyatt Road in Middletown. Materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each of the events, and participants are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. Clean Harbors, a licensed hazardous waste contractor, will take possession of the obsolete pesticides at each collection event and properly dispose of them. Containers up to five gallons in size will be accepted.
DEM offers the following packaging and transportation guidelines for those bringing outdated pesticide products to the collection events:
Information about the program is available on DEM's website at www.dem.ri.gov under "Timely Topics" on the homepage. For questions, call Howard Cook in DEM's Division of Agriculture at 222-2781 extension 4504, or contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.