AUGUSTA, Maine — Buyers of older homes or farms in Maine often discover they’ve inherited caches of hazardous wastes in the form of old pesticides. And those chemicals, such as DDT, lead arsenate and chlordane, are difficult and expensive to get rid of.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control has an option for disposal. The agency will accept banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable, at no cost to homeowners.
Board spokesman Paul Schlein says four sites will be set up throughout the state where people will be able to bring their obsolete pesticides. The wastes will then be incinerated or reprocessed.
Homeowners must pre-register by Oct. 1. To register and get details, go to the BPC website. Or, call the BPC at 287-2731.