WATER QUALITY AND USE:
PESTICIDE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES [continued]
Ch. 16, pp. 13 - 14
Practices: practices | disposing ]
Each different type of lawn and garden chemical poses
its own particular disposal problem. Fertilizers are often stored
year after year with little fear of problems. However, to be
stored safely, they should be kept locked in a cool, dry place, in
their original, labelled container. Many fertilizers can be a fire
and explosion hazard, as well as being a threat to our groundwater
supply. These rules hold for pesticides also, but there are other
points to consider when dealing with these chemicals. Common sense
tells us that extreme care must be taken not only in their use,
but in their storage and disposal as well. It cannot be
over-emphasized that most pesticides are poisonous and should be
kept locked up and out of reach of children, pets, and others!
Storage near food supplies, in a tool shed or well house, or near
a living area could have disastrous effects.
The end of the lawn and garden season is the time to
clean out your storage space and make sure chemicals that are
unused are still in good condition. Check labels and containers
for damage. Only in extreme cases should you transfer a chemical
from its original container into another container for storage or
use. This is especially true if the new container is an old food
container such as a soda bottle, oatmeal box, coffee can, etc.
Place the original container in a plastic bag and seal it up until
needed. If transferring liquids, make sure to secure the label to
the new container for future use. Properly dispose of other
products. Always dispose of pesticides according to instructions
on the label. Never pour a pesticide or fertilizer down the drain
or anywhere else where it may contaminate the water supply!
Check with neighbors or gardening friends before
purchasing chemicals to see about the possibility of sharing
chemicals. Your insect or weed problems may be very similar to
theirs. Always buy the smallest size needed, to minimize the
possibility of having to store chemicals. If you have unopened
chemicals, try to return them to the place of purchase.