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Va. collects more than 42,000 pounds of pesticides

Tuesday - 12/4/2012, 2:02pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - More than 42,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides have been collected in Virginia this year.

Eighteen counties and five cities participated in the state's annual Pesticide Disposal Program.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday the program has collected and destroyed more than 1 million pounds of unwanted pesticides since it began in 1990.

The program helps farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control companies, golf courses and homeowners with the proper disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Matthew J. Lohr says the program is a "win-win-win situation" for farmers, the pesticide industry and the environment.

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