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“You might have 20 acres to treat but the smallest bottle of stuff you can get treats 50 acres of land,” explains Elaine Armagost, Manager of Invasive Plants for the PRRD, “so you’re going to end up with some left over, what do you do with it?
Legislation says those chemicals can’t be poured down the drain or on the ground, but Armagost says people may be doing that anyways, without a safer option to keep it out of the environment. While the PRRD does an annual pesticide container collection for recycling, Armagost says she hasn’t seen a program like this up in the north before. Last year in B.C. it was only conducted in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, with over 22,000 kilograms of pesticides turned in.
“Back in the day when you could get Agent Orange… sometimes that’s sitting on a shelf in the shop and maybe the label’s falling off and you don’t even know what it is,” she explains. “This is a good time to take that stuff and get it tended to properly and keep it out of the environment.”
Unused herbicides and pesticides can be dropped off at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St. John Viterra locations until August 31, 2012. They will then be taken to licensed disposal facility where they will be disposed of through high temperature incineration.
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