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Pesticide collection timed for cranberry harvest


The Washington State Department of Agriculture will collect unwanted agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties in early September.



To reserve a spot, Participants must sign up by Aug. 5 by emailing wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov or calling 360-902-2056.



WSDA staff will be at the Washington State University-sponsored cranberry field day July 26 in Long Beach to discuss the agency's free, voluntary pesticide-disposal program. The collection will be held well before cranberry harvest begins, said Joe Hoffman, coordinator of the collection program.



The event will focus on cranberry growers but is open to other county growers, public entities and residents.



WSDA has contracted with a hazardous waste company to package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.



"One reason for doing this is to help farmers meet the requirements of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification by removing their old or unwanted pesticides before their GAP inspection," Hoffman said.



WSDA regulates the registration and sale of pesticides. The department also enforces state and federal laws to protect people, property and the environment against the improper use or disposal of pesticides. Through its disposal events, WSDA has collected more than 2.7 million pounds of waste pesticides since 1988.



Information: www.agr.wa.gov/wastepesticide



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