By Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine state program is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides for free this fall.

The state said its Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program has kept more than 109 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since it started in 1982. It’s open to homeowners, family farms and greenhouses.

Officials will collect the pesticides in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. The state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said participants must pre-register in the program by Oct. 9.

The pesticides will be taken to an out-of-state facility that is licensed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state said.

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