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Pesticides (domestic)

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Pesticides (domestic)
Solid, liquid, and aerosol domestic pesticides are considered poisonous Household Hazardous Waste and require safe, responsible disposal.  Pesticide use is banned in some municipalities within the CRD.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Its common sense to buy only what you plan to use, but you can do more than that.  There are many non-poisonous pesticides, but first start with pest prevention.  Cover up any holes, keep a clean house, and seal food.  Outside your home, clear piles of brush and debris that could harbour a rat midden or family of roaches; keep lawns and garden beds well-maintained thereby disrupting nesting colonies of potential pests; don't allow plants to contact your home, thus removing a potential bridge for creepy crawlies to enter; seek out plantings that are pest resistant—marigolds, basil, lavender, and nasturtiums all fare well in our sunny coastal region.  Finally if you are using an insect killer pick a natural or organic option such as a drop of dish soap, cayenne pepper and olive oil mixed with water for aphids. Alternatives to pesticides are listed on the CRD Round Table on the Environment website.

Reuse

At this point in time we have no options for reusing pesticides.

Recycle

Pesticides are part of the Household Hazardous Waste collection at the Hartland Recycling Area and the alternate locations listed below. All residential Household Hazardous Waste is accepted free of charge.

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • JOMA Environmental Ltd. (pick-up service only)


    Victoria
    250.884.4822

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • The Environmental Story

    If sent to the garbage area at a landfill, pesticides can cause devastating contamination by seeping into our groundwater and soils.  Pesticides accepted in the Product Care program should bear the Poison symbol and list a Pest Control Product Number (PCP#).  Always keep pesticides in original containers for easy identification later and to safely transport these items for disposal or recycling. Pesticides are collected free of charge at designated collection depots across BC as part of the legislated Product Stewardship Program coordinated by the Product Care Association.  An eco fee is included in the cost each time a pesticide is purchased, to cover the cost of safe disposal or recycling.  Pesticides cannot be effectively recycled and will be incinerated at government licensed facilities, so only buy what you need to limit this practice.