Free Disposal of Unwanted Pesticides

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Free disposal of unwanted or damaged pesticides will be available at the NC State Extension, Craven County office (300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC) on March 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is coordinated with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to offer an opportunity for safe, free disposal of unwanted or unusable pesticides. Pesticides that are in the original containers and clearly labeled can be collected. If the pesticide is not in its original container or is damaged, it must be over-packed in a safe, closable plastic container. Printed labels are acceptable if attached prior to delivery.

Make an appointment prior to delivery if you have containers 5.0 gallons or larger by calling (252) 633-1477.  Provide the product(s) name(s) and number of containers to be delivered. This is necessary to ensure adequate storage is available. Failure to do so may result in inability to participate in this free service.

Until staff at the site accepts the containers, you are responsible for the materials. Thus the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Leave pesticide(s) in the original container(s) with the label(s) intact.
  • Make sure all pesticide containers are securely closed. Containers that cannot be securely closed should be over-packed within another container that can be securely closed.
  • Line the storage area of the transport vehicle with plastic sheeting to contain any potential spillage that might occur.
  • Handle containers with chemical resistant gloves and other appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
  • Wash hands with soap and water after handling.
  • Do not transport pesticides in a manner that will allow fumes to enter the vehicle.
  • Arrange containers in your vehicle so that they are braced to prevent shifting that may result in container damage and/or leakage

Remember, you are responsible for any spillage, damage, subsequent cleanup, and restoration that might occur while you are transporting the wastes, regardless of who caused the accident. The state, county and its contractor are not responsible for any spillage that occurs before the collection site accepts the waste. Drive safely!

To download a trifold brochures with additional information, click 2017-Pesticide-Disposal-Tri-fold Brochure

For more information, contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Craven County at (252) 633-1477 or email