Residents in Grand Forks will have an opportunity to get rid of unused pesticide between Oct. 17 and 24.
Grand Forks’ environment committee and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Area D have teamed up to provide two drop off locations where people can bring pesticides – domestic pesticides will go to one location while agricultural will go to another.
“The domestic collection site will be the (Grand Forks regional) landfill and the agricultural collection site will be Advance Nursery Co. Ltd. on Collins Road. On the 24th, the pesticide will be picked up and taken to Oliver, B.C.,” explained Coun. Gary Smith, who has been working to co-ordinate the pesticide collection for three months
He added that the pesticides will then be transported to a high-temperature incineration facility where they will be safely disposed of.
Smith said Bron & Sons Nursery Ltd. will provide a truck and transport the pesticides to Oliver.
RDKB Area D Director Irene Perepolkin said that people don’t have to worry about paying any fees for the pesticide removal.
“There is no charge to bring the chemicals to the collection site and there is no limit on amounts,” Perepolkin said.
This is a chance for people to safely dispose of domestic and agricultural pesticides for free and Smith strongly advises people to clearly label pesticides in order to avoid accidents that could potentially happen.
“Sometimes, certain chemicals can’t be mixed together. Label your containers to the best of your ability. If you definitely don’t know what it is, then indicate ‘unknown’ and they will treat it differently,” Smith said.
More than anything, Perepolkin hopes this event gets people in the habit of safely disposing of chemicals.
“The landfill will take household type chemicals for no charge year-round, so hopefully this is going to raise awareness,” she explained.
“It may remind people to look at what is stored in their sheds and get rid of it before it spills and contaminates the soil.”
While the environment committee allocated $1,000, Area D has offered to match those funds and Smith said the cost is expected to be well below the combined amount.