Texas: Ag Pesticide Waste Collection, Athens, Oct. 28

A free agricultural pesticide waste collection event will take place in Henderson County on Oct. 28. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is in partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The event will run from 8 a.m.-noon at Henderson County Regional Fair Park, 3356 Texas Highway 31 E., Athens.

The collection is a drive-up service and those dropping off can remain inside their vehicles. Pesticides need to be in their original containers, even if the label is not present. Unknown pesticides will be tested onsite.

“If you have unwanted, surplus agricultural pesticides this is an opportunity to safely and properly dispose of them,” said Don Renchie, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension program leader and pesticide safety education program coordinator, Bryan-College Station. “We’re glad to provide this service for our local community and surrounding regions.”

Acceptable waste items

Items that will be accepted include outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides; insecticides; herbicides; fungicides; rodenticides; nematicides; growth regulators; empty, triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers no more than 55 gallons; and empty or partial metal drums.

Unacceptable items include explosive ordinances and ammunition; petroleum-based products; paints; medical wastes; radioactive substances; household pesticides, chemicals and waste; tires; fertilizers; propane or butane cylinders; chlorinated hydrocarbons; fumigant canisters; used motor oil and other automobile fluids; auto batteries; empty totes; methyl-bromide cylinders; and dioxins.

Pesticide dealers and commercial businesses are not allowed to participate. For questions or additional information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Henderson County at 903-675-6132 or the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Dallas regional office at 214-631-0265 or Austin headquarters at 512-463-7622.

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