IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – More than 30 farmers disposed thousands of pounds of pesticides in order to protect the environment and residents.
Thursday the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), held a pesticide collection and disposal to help growers get rid of unwanted and outdated pesticides.
Pesticides need to be properly collected often to ensure safe disposal of these products before they become hazardous, according to EPA. Officials say rising temperatures have a big affect on pesticides and in sunny places, such as Yuma and Imperial Counties, the heat can pose a big risk .
“It’s wonderful to see the turnout and participation we witnessed today from our farming community,” said District 2 Supervisor Jack Terrazas in response to the 30 local growers who partook in the event, “Proper disposal of pesticide products can be very costly and I am happy to see them take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”
Approximately 25,000 pounds of pesticides were pre-registered for pick-up and disposal, according to the organizers and the disposal contractor, Clean Harbors Environmental Services. The weight came from different waste such as plastic bottles, glass, drums, cans, and bags. Along with that, a wide variety of pesticides were registered for pick-up such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.