- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The final day is arriving for Maine residents to register for a program to safely dispose of unusable chemicals and banned pesticides.

Residents must register by Friday and collection sites are set for Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland in October. The program is free and it’s available to owners of homes and family-owned farms and greenhouses.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Board of Pesticides Control and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are running the program.

State officials say the program provides a way to safely dispose of the chemicals. Officials say residents are often discouraged to learn that safe disposal of the chemicals can be prohibitively expensive.

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