This October, Mainers can dispose of unusable and waste pesticides through a project sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program, funded through pesticide product registration fees, has kept more than 106 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since its start in 1982.

The free annual program is open to homeowners and family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta and Portland. Preregistration is required by Monday, October 7, and unregistered drop-offs will not be permitted. All details — including drop-off locations and program dates — will be supplied following registration. To register and access important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, visit the BPC website at, or call 287-2731.

Pesticides being accepted include: herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides and similar products used in agricultural production or around the home. Past participants in the program have reported finding obsolete pesticides in barns of inherited properties, garages of newly purchased homes, and other unexpected places. While removal of these pesticides can seem daunting, it is important for the protection of public, wildlife and environmental health that they are dealt with properly and not thrown in the trash or poured down the drain, where they can contaminate land and water resources.