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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
DEM ANNOUNCES TWO PESTICIDE DISPOSAL EVENTS IN APRIL
The two collection events, which are open to all agricultural and commercial pesticide applicators (i.e. pest control and landscaping companies) will take place at RIDOT facilities in North Kingstown and Middletown. They will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at the RIDOT Garage located at 439 Tower Hill Road in North Kingstown; and Thursday, April 24 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. Triumvirate Environmental, 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.
The goal of this program, 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. Last fall, during the program's pilot year, three successful collection events for the agricultural community were held. Forty-nine 55-gallon drums and 11 wranglers – a box about the size of a large washing machine – containing obsolete pesticides were collected and properly disposed of at the events.
DEM offers the following packaging and transportation guidelines for those bringing outdated pesticide products to the collection events: