NMDA hosts four pesticide collection events in August to help public safely dispose of pesticides at no cost

NMDA hosts four pesticide collection events
in August to help public
safely dispose of pesticides at no cost

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

The events are open to all pesticide applicators and dealers, farmers and ranchers, and members of the public.

All four events take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • PORTALES: Monday, August 3 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, located at 705 East Lime Street
  • ARTESIA: Thursday, August 6 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, located at 3402 South 13th Street
  • ANTHONY: Monday, August 10 at Performance Agriculture, located at 1946 Anthony Drive
  • ALBUQUERQUE: Thursday, August 13 at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, located at 1510 Menaul Boulevard, NW

“Our goal is to collect any old, unwanted, outdated, cancelled, or inactive pesticide products – including products that are hard to identify – to ensure that they aren’t disposed of in an unsafe way,” said New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

Those intending to drop off unused pesticides are asked to secure any leaking containers or broken bags in a containment bag or liner.  People at all four events will be asked to complete an anonymous survey to help NMDA get a better sense of pesticide use in the state.

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.