Chemical disposal

Workers dispose of farm chemicals as part of an Idaho State Department of Agriculture pesticide disposal program. Three collections are planned in May.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture in mid-May will collect unusable pesticides for disposal at sites in Nampa, Weiser and Lewiston.

The free collection of pesticides including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and rodenticides are slated for:

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time May 14 at Pickles Butte Landfill, 15500 Missouri Ave., Nampa.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time May 15 at the state Transportation Department maintenance yard, 550 Indian Head Road, Weiser.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time May 16 at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds, 1229 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.

No fertilizers, micronutrients, paints, solvents or motor oil will be accepted.

ISDA has collected and disposed of more than 2 million pounds of unusable pesticides since the program started in 1993, Agricultural Resources Administrator Victor Mason II said in a news release.

“Pesticides become unusable for many reasons, including loss of potency, exposure to temperature extremes, cancellation or suspension by state or federal authorities, or growers’ decisions to change cropping rotations or practices,” he said.

Participants in this year’s collections must pre-register total number of pounds they plan to bring by calling ISDA offices in Boise, Lewiston or Hayden.

Boise contacts are Ryan Ward at 208-332-8531, Devin Delaney at 208-332-8661, Brandon Smith at 208-550-1462 and Brian Slabaugh at 208-867-8378. Nick Kampf in the Lewiston field office is at 208-743-0415. Chuck Hawley in Hayden is at 208-217-8134.

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