Safely dispose of carbofuran this Saturday and safeguard our national symbol

You can safely dispose of carbofuran this Saturday if you’re still in possession of the banned, toxic pesticide and are a resident of Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Kent or Caroline counties – by doing so, you’d be helping to safeguard bald eagles from poisoning incidents that have long plagued Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Carbofuran, which was sold under the trade name Furadan, was fully banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and yet it has still killed at least 30 bald eagles on Maryland’s Eastern Shore between 2009 and 2019 – there were plenty more killed before the ban.

Carbofuran was sold under the trade name Furadan. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo.

Queen Anne’s County Public Works is hosting a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day on Saturday September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The QAC Public Works Facility is located at 312 Safety Drive, Centreville, off of route 301. This service is limited to Midshore residents from Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Household wastes that are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive are considered Household Hazardous Waste. There is a limit of 20 gallons or 250 pounds of acceptable waste per residence. No business, commercial, or industrial customers or materials will be accepted.

Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste Items:

• Gas, gas/oil mixes and automotive fuels
• Empty Propane Cylinders size # 40 and smaller (9.4 gallons and under)
• Acids, cleaners, and solvents
• Chemicals (pool, darkroom, etc.)
• Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
• Oil based paint, paint thinner, stains, turpentine, wood preservatives and wood strippers
• Fluorescent tubes and lamps (limit 15)
• Mercury thermometers

Acceptable Electronics:

• Computers and peripherals (keyboards, laptops, monitors, mice, printers, cables, modems, etc.)
• TVs, remotes, VCR, CD and DVD players (limit 4 TV’s)
• CB radios, fax machines, answering machines and copiers

Usable latex paint will be accepted for recycling. Do not bring unusable latex paint to the event. Instead, solidify the paint with an absorbent such as kitty litter, dirt or mulch and dispose of the paint in regular trash.

Items Not Accepted:

• Household trash
• Explosives and ammunition
• Medical and radioactive wastes
• Compressed gas cylinders other than propane cylinders listed above
• Asbestos
• Smoke detectors
• Business, industrial and commercial farm wastes
• Appliances
• Power tools and power tool batteries
• Tires
• Household batteries
• Road/marine flares
• Liquid containers over 5 gallon maximum size
• Any household waste over 20 gallons or maximum of 250 pounds per household

COVID-19 Precautions

• Face masks are required to enter and use the facility for the purpose of dropping off acceptable materials.
• Social distancing guidelines are to be followed.

For questions on the program, please contact the Maryland Environmental Service at (443) 685-4073.

These household hazardous waste drop-off days are held in the spring and fall with location alternating between Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline counties.

In 2018, when Caroline County Department of Public Works Facilities Supervisor Jake Jacobs was asked about people being concerned with ramifications with bringing carbofuran to a drop-off day, he said there are no questions asked.

WNAV Video from 2018

Again, the event is this Saturday in Queen Anne’s County.

According to a statement from the Maryland Department of Agriculture, “Carbofuran is a highly toxic pesticide that has been banned since 2009. The Maryland Department of Agriculture urges anyone in possession of carbofuran to safely dispose of the pesticide immediately. This weekend’s event is a good opportunity to safely dispose of this pesticide.”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo

The 30 bald eagles killed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore between 2009 and 2019:

  • 2009 – Cordova farm (2 eagles)
  • 2012 – Easton farm (2 eagles)
  • 2014 – Preston farm ( 1 eagle)
  • 2016 – Federalsburg farm (13 eagles)
  • 2017 – Easton farm (5 eagles)
  • 2019 – Chestertown farm (6 eagles + 1 great horned owl)
  • 2019 – Cordova farm (1 eagle)

Because all of these incidents happened during bald eagle nesting season and because it takes two adult bald eagles to safeguard eggs and young eaglets, it’s likely more than 30 bald eagles died.

If you or someone you know still has carbofuran around (possibly in old barns/sheds), Saturday is a perfect opportunity to safely get rid of it. One other consideration – it’s also deadly to human beings and pets.

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