Language Interpretation Services Now Available
If you have limited English skills, do not let that stop you from visiting an Extension office. If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English, our staff can serve you by connecting you to one of our Extension agents through a telephone-based interpreter. Interpretation for more than 200 languages is provided. This service is free to our clients. Read more
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
On Saturday, October 15, homeowners in Westmoreland County will have the opportunity to dispose of any unwanted hazardous chemicals or products being stored on the home grounds. A no charge poundage limit will be in effect again this year. No fee will be assessed for the first 100 pounds of material – beyond 100 pounds, each homeowner will be charged $1.05 per pound.
Collection for Westmoreland will occur from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the A. T. Johnson Human Services Building parking lot, 18849 Kings Highway, on Route 3 just east of Montross.
Items that will be accepted are home pesticides, paint (particularly oil based), paint thinners and related products, antifreeze, contaminated fuels, household cleaners, old florescent bulbs, rechargeable batteries and any other toxic materials. Latex paints are not hazardous. To reduce weight and fees, let latex paints harden and take to convenience centers with other trash. Participants must be residents of the county.
Those items that cannot be accepted for disposal include tires, car batteries, radioactive materials (including smoke alarms), medical waste, ammunition and explosives.
The program is being sponsored by Westmoreland County in cooperation with the Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension and MXI Environmental Services, LLC. Questions may be directed to the Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District at 804-313-9102, X 104, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Thanks go to residents for participating in this collection. It helps protect families, land and water resources from contamination by leftover hazardous materials. In 7 years, Westmoreland County collections have totaled 49,796 pounds of material from 319 households.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Flyer (PDF | 60KB)
Drinking Water Clinic
Do you have questions about the safety and quality of your well water? Virginia Cooperative Extension in Westmoreland County will be hosting a Drinking Water Clinic Kickoff Meeting on Tuesday October 18th at 6:30 pm at the AT Johnson Building (18849 Kings Hwy, Montross). Participants will learn how to collect a water sample at the first meeting and receive a water sample kit for only $52! Water test includes iron, sodium, fluoride, coliform bacteria, manganese, copper, pH, E. coli bacteria, sulfate, nitrate, total dissolved solids, lead, hardness, and arsenic. Participants must attend the interpretation meeting on November 16th at 6:30 pm at the AT Johnson Building to receive test results (kept confidential) and recommendations. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Westmoreland County Extension office at 493-8924 for more information and to register for the Kickoff Meeting.
Drinking Water Clinic Flyer (PDF | 288KB)
Mosquitos and their Control
Mosquitoes occur throughout Virginia and are both a nuisance, as well as a potential disease carrier. Eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats around the home landscape is a critical part of a mosquito control program. Check out VCE’s updated mosquito publication: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-202/ENTO-202.html.
In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge. Altosid XR is an insecticide that works by preventing the emergence of adult mosquitoes and is used in potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as roadside ditches and other standing water. The briquettes are slow release providing control for up to 150 days. Visit the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building to pick up the briquettes (limit 5 per household).