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Georgia Pesticide Clean Day is Nov. 14

Georgia Clean Day is a program that gives everyone an opportunity to discard old, unusable, or canceled pesticides to a hazardous waste contractor for disposal. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sunbelt Expo site in Moultrie.

Pesticides in leaking containers or disposed of improperly may cause environmental damage by contaminating water supplies or harming people and wildlife. Some pesticides that have been used in the past are now in need of proper disposal.

Participation in the Clean Day Program remains free of charge to all private and commercial applicators with the understanding that the event is intended for farmers, lawn care, golf courses, and pest control companies. The Georgia Department of Agriculture requires pre-registration for the event.

For more information about the event please contact your local Extension agent, or contact event coordinator Rick Hayes at,  404-656-4958 or 404-535-1614.

This is an opportunity to dispose of pesticides that farmers have been holding because they had neither an economical nor legal means to dispose of them. Canceled and suspended pesticides cannot be used and must be disposed of, often as hazardous waste.

All canceled, suspended, unusable and unlabeled materials classified as pesticides may be turned in for collection. Please refer to the brief list below to determine what types of materials will or will not be accepted at the event. Please list all pesticides to be turned in on the pre-registration form in order to estimate types and volumes to be collected.

Any pesticides without a brand name, trade name, or active ingredient on the label may require analysis to determine the contents. Please label all unidentifiable pesticides as “unknown” on the pre-registration form.

Acceptable materials are: insecticides; growth regulators; fungicides; harvest aid chemicals; nematicides; bactericides; herbicides and miscellaneous pesticides.

Excluded materials are: compressed gases (methyl bromide, chloropicrin, vikane, etc.); solvents; paints; antifreeze; motor oil; explosive materials and fertilizers or nutrients that are neither hazardous or do not contain pesticide admixtures.

Pre-registration is mandatory for program participation and must be completed by 4 p.m. Nov. 9. All pesticides brought to the collection site must be listed on the pre-registration form. Items not registered will be refused at the collection site. Empty containers or rinsates will not be accepted.

Special arrangements can be made to accommodate ag dealers. Your pesticide waste disposal will be weighed and billed on site at approx. $1.15 per pound. Please Contact Rick Hayes for special instructions at

To access the pre-registration form, visit