- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture says it will collect and dispose of unwanted agricultural chemicals in eight counties this year.

Officials say residents can participate in the free drop-off program in late summer in Tazewell, Mason, Menard, Sangamon, Logan, DeWitt, Macon and Piatt counties.

The collection rotates among Illinois counties, and is open to farmers, nursery owners, private pesticide applicators, structural pest control applicators and landowners who inherited unwanted agricultural pesticides when they bought their property.

Agriculture officials say it’s expensive for people to properly dispose of agrichemicals on their own. The state also will assume liability for the chemicals after they’re collected.

Participants must register the products they plan to dispose of by July 14. Forms are available by calling the state’s agriculture pesticide hotline.

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