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Spring Clean Up & Proper Disposal of Pesticides

Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts.  And that often means cleaning out the garage, shed or basement.  Don’t toss those outdated, unwanted garden chemicals in the trash.  They can contaminate our environment, including our drinking water.

Leave these and other unwanted chemicals in their original container.  Gather and store in a secure location.  Then contact your local municipality’s department of public works, Department of Natural Resources or Extension Service for a recommendation on handling these materials properly. 

Many communities sponsor a Clean Sweep Program, giving homeowners an opportunity to dispose of hazardous household waste, including pesticides, in the safest method possible. 

Reduce your use of chemicals in the future to eliminate this extra task and negative impact on our environment.

A bit more information:  Incorporate more eco-friendly pest management strategies into your garden maintenance.  Select the most disease and insect resistant varieties planted in their preferred growing conditions with the proper care.  And when problems arise look for natural products that are hard on pests and gentle on people, beneficial insects, wildlife and the environment.  And eco-friendly products should also be handled according to label directions.

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