Fall collection of old pesticides set

Producers in the L’Anguille River basin can dispose of old and abandoned pesticides with November collections set for Cross, Lee and St. Francis counties.

“Many producers have found these opportunities to be very useful in removing potential hazards not only from the L’Anguille River watershed, but also their own property,” said Billie Majors, pesticide disposal coordinator for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

The collections are supported by the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, the Cooperative Extension Service, and the Arkansas Farm Bureau. There is no cost to producers for the collections.

This fall’s collection dates will be:

• Lee County, Lee County Road Department, Marianna, Ark., Hwy. 243, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inventory forms due to Farm Bureau: Oct. 26.

• St. Francis County, Northeast Arkansas Recycling Company, Madison, Ark., Hwy. 50, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inventory forms due to Farm Bureau: Oct. 26.

• Cross County, Gibbs Farm Granary, 1 mile west of Wynne, Ark., on U.S. 64, Thursday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inventory forms due to Farm Bureau: Nov. 2.

Producers who would like to participate need to register by filling out an inventory forms available at their county Farm Bureaus. All information is confidential. The inventory form allows the collection personnel to know what to expect in terms of quantities, packaging and types of pesticides.

In 2006 and 2007 the Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund funded collection events in nine counties. The events collected and disposed of 159,091 pounds of unwanted and unusable material.

The program is open to all agricultural producers and landowners free of charge. Commercial pesticide applicators and dealers do not qualify for the program.

The collection cannot accept explosives/ordnance, radioactive materials, household chemicals, petroleum products, medical wastes, fertilizers, solvents and paints.

For more information, contact Billie Majors at (870) 261-1730 or a county Farm Bureau.

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