New Mexico farmers, ranchers, others invited to safely dispose of pesticides

NMDA hosts pesticide collection event in Los Lunas, August 14, 2014

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is hosting a free event in central New Mexico to safely collect pesticides from pesticide applicators/dealers, farmers, and ranchers.  NMDA is partnering with Advanced Environmental Solutions to ensure safe disposal.

“Our goal is to collect any old, unwanted, outdated, cancelled, or inactive pesticide products – including products that are hard to identify – to ensure that they aren’t disposed of in an unsafe way,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. 

The event is free and open to all pesticide applicators and dealers, as well as farmers and ranchers.  It takes place Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It will be held at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, located at 1036 Miller Street off of Highway 314.

Those intending to drop off unused pesticides are asked to secure any leaking containers or broken bags in a containment bag or liner.  They also are asked to preregister with NMDA so the agency can get a sense of how much pesticide will need to be transported at the end of the day. 

For questions and to obtain a preregistration form, please contact Erica Millette in NMDA’s Pesticide Compliance Section at emillette@nmda.nmsu.edu or 575-646-4697.  Forms must be returned no later than Tuesday, August 12.  NMDA will not keep any identifying information. 

NMDA has another collection scheduled in Farmington next March.

NMDA’s Pesticide Compliance Section works to ensure compliance with pesticide law governing the use of agricultural, horticultural, and structural pesticides.  The section certifies and licenses the people who apply pesticides for hire, ensure that pesticides distributed in New Mexico are properly registered, and investigates tips and complaints about pesticides suspected to have been applied improperly.