Farmers encouraged to get rid of old fertilizers, pesticides

Farm fertilizers, pesticides disposed of. Aug 13, 2015
Some of the chemicals collected at the Ohio Department of Agriculture disposal site at the Canfield Fairgrounds. Aug. 13, 2015

CANFIELD, Ohio  (WKBN) – It’s a different type of hazardous waste collection. It’s a fertilizer and pesticide disposal event specifically for farmers.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has set up bins and boxes behind the grandstand at the Canfield Fairgrounds. And farmers are already pitching their containers in.

Greg Minor is a supervisor with the Pesticide and Fertilizer Regulation Section of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “More or less to keep it from going into the environment. This is for proper disposal.” He says the chemicals don’t break down quickly and, if left unattended, can contaminate our soil and water.

It’s called the Clean Sweep Program in conjunction with the US E.P.A. The event is held in various locations throughout the state each year.

Eric Barrett with the O.S.U. Extension Office in Mahoning County asked the Department of Agriculture to make a stop in the Mahoning Valley this year. He says, “”i think it’s everybody’s responsibility whether it’s a big company or a small farm to make sure they’re doing their part for the environment.

Barrett plans to request another event in the Valley for 2017.

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