TO: Potential Participants
FROM: Jack Peterson
Associate Director, ESD
DATE: January 27, 2017
RE: Unusable Pesticide Disposal Program for 2017
The Arizona State Legislature has appropriated funding to be used for the collection and disposal of unusable pesticides. If you were to do this on your own, the expense to have a company come to your location to retrieve and dispose of pesticides could be cost prohibitive. It is important not only for your personal safety and that of your employees to have unusable pesticides disposed of in a proper manner, it is also extremely important for the protection of the environment. I encourage you to participate in this program which is at no cost to you.
The amount of funding for this program is limited, and since at this time it is impossible to determine how many applicants will respond or the amount of pesticide for disposal will be involved, we must accept participants on a first come first served basis, so don’t wait, submit your information today.
We are anticipating to have the collection event(s) to be held before May 31, 2017. If there are others who should have received this information and have not, please share this information or have them contact Deborah Atkinson at [email protected] so we can share this opportunity with them.
Some important points to remember:
PLEASE READ THE ACCOMPANYING INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE COMPLETING THE EXCEL SPREADSHEET.
Only approved pre-registered unusable pesticides will be accepted at the time of collection.
Even if you do not believe you have any unusable pesticides, you are encouraged to check your location including any storage or outbuildings to look for pesticides that you may not be aware of.
To participate in this program, you must submit your product information on the Excel spreadsheet that is accompanying this email no later than February 28, 2017 via email to Deborah Atkinson at [email protected]. All products are reviewed to make sure that the material submitted is eligible for this program. Any comments, concerns or questions regarding your list will be directed to you prior to the event.
Unusable Pesticide Disposal Information
What this is:
This is a collection program for the collection of pesticides from operations that have pesticides requiring disposal due to age, contamination, cancellation or you just no longer need them.
What this isn’t:
This is not a program for the collection of hazardous waste, empty containers or other products that are not agricultural pesticides, such as paint, oil, adjuvants, fertilizers, etc.
Is participating in this program going to get me in trouble?
No, the only trouble will be if you do something contrary to the law such as: dumping your pesticides, storing pesticides in an unsafe area or unsafe manner. Arizona has adopted a universal waste rule which in lay person’s terms means there is nothing wrong with having unusable pesticides. They are not considered a waste until brought into a collection program and determined what they are.
This program is free to the participants. However, there is a limited amount of funding for this program. Therefore, not everyone who submits their unusable products may be able to participate. In the event that you are not chosen to participate, you will be notified and we will get you into the next collection (if funding continues to be available).
When and Where:
We are anticipating a collection event before May 31, 2017. The date will also depend on the registrations received as this is a statewide collection event.
What if I cannot make it to the collection event?
Participants may work together to transport the unusable pesticides to the collection site. The person delivering to the collection site will need to have the registration form(s) for all the accepted participants for whom they are delivering. Please understand that your approved products have been included in the bid that we send to the vendor.
Are there pesticides that are problematic for acceptance into the program?
Yes, products in pressurized vessels (PV), such as methyl-bromide. If you register one of these materials, we will be in contact with you. This is also why it is so important to complete the Excel spread sheet as accurately as possible. Only approved PV will be accepted.
How will the program work for you?
Complete the Excel spread sheet as quickly and as accurately as you possibly can.Remember, first come…first served.
You will be notified via email of your acceptance to participate in the Unusable Pesticide Collection event.You will be notified later of the date, location and the time that has been specifically selected for you to arrive at the event.Also in the acceptance email, you will be given Do’s and Don’ts for transportation and a list of emergency telephone numbers.Plastic bags will be mailed to those who need them for over packing.
Instructions for completing the Excel registration form
On the Excel registration form, please complete the information that is highlighted in yellow. You only need to add your contact information on the first line (columns 1,2,3,4,5), if you have more than 1 product. Please do not manipulate the Excel spread sheet. If you have questions on how to complete the form, please email Deborah Atkinson at [email protected], and she will assist you. If your Excel spread sheet is not properly completed, it will be returned to you.
Please fill in as much information as possible:
Pesticide (product) Name (column 6)
If the information cannot be obtained please type in UK for “unknown”. If you are uncertain as to what the product is but think it may be a certain product, please type in a ? before you indicate what the product may be.
EPA Registration Number (column 7)
If the information cannot be obtained please type in UK for “unknown”. If you have a partial number, please type that in.
Container Type and Size (columns 8 & 9)
Please use the following codes:
M – Metal P – Plastic G – Glass R – Paper Type in the approximate container size.
Number of Containers (column 9)
Dry or Liquid (columns 10 or 12)
Indicate in the proper column what the material in the container is.
Approximate Amount (column 11 or 13)
Please type in how much of the material you estimate is in the container, in consistent units.
For liquids – keep everything in gallons. For dry materials, keep everything in pounds.
Examples – M – 55 gallons G - .25 gallon (which is a quart) R – 50 pounds P – 0.5 pound (8 oz)
Over-pack needed (column 14)
Please check this column if you feel the container(s) is in such poor shape as some sort of over-pack will be needed. We will provide large clear plastic bags for containers which you mark as requiring over-packing. If the container will not fit into the plastic bag provided, you will need to find an over-pack drum. Please indicate how many of the containers will need over-packing.
Additional Information (column 15)
This is where you can put the color of the product, how many containers are in bad shape ie: 3 of 5 need over-packing, or whatever you think will be helpful to the contractor for collection. If it is an unknown pesticide, the approximate age of the material would be very useful