Dispose of chemicals safely
As floodwaters recede and cleanup continues, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges farmers and homeowners to evaluate pesticides and other chemical storage areas. Disposal assistance is available.
The Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program is revising its collections schedule based on assistance needs after Tropical Storm Fred. Dates will likely be added for the western part of the state and posted at www.ncagr.gov/pdap.
Meanwhile, when cleaning up pesticides and fertilizers in areas affected by flooding, it’s important to take proper safety measures. Wear personal protective equipment such as chemical-resistant gloves, rubber boots, protective clothing and eyewear. Do not mix chemicals, and keep solids separate from liquids and unlike chemicals apart. Do not load all chemicals into one bin or container. Identify problem areas and use absorbent materials to contain the spread of any spill.