What’s in Your
Pesticide Storage Facility?
If your valuable storage space is even partially occupied by
products that you no longer can use, mark your calendar now for the last week
in September. The Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality and Texas AgriLife Extension are sponsoring a nearby pesticide collection day.
8:00 am-1:00 pm
Parker County Sheriff’s Posses Grounds
2251 Mineral Wells Highway
Weatherford, TX 76088
Contact Jon Green, Parker County Extension Agent
817-598-6168 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Why Should You
Stored pesticides that are out-of-date, suspended, or
unusable for any other reason are an environmental and public health
hazard. Proper disposal of these
products prevents unintended disposal in our surface and ground water and could
even prevent accidental human or animal poisoning. If the reduction in potential liability isn’t
enough to motivate you, consider the cost.
These collection events are FREE
to Texas residents, with the exception of chemical dealers, distributors, or
manufacturers, school chemistry and biology labs, and applicators regulated by
the Texas Structural Pest Control Service.
What Can You Bring?
All types of pesticides will be accepted including
insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, nematicides, rodenticides, and those
products used to control pests on livestock.
Plant growth regulators and harvest aid chemicals will also be accepted.
Fertilizers that contain pesticide admixtures also qualify. In addition, empty, properly rinsed pesticide
containers will be collected for recycling.
If that isn’t enough to entice you, you can also bring in used motor
oil, oil filters, grease, transmission fluid, brake fluid and anti-freeze, as
long as you do not run a business that changes oil for a fee. Paint and lead acid batteries will also be
accepted. For information on how to
safely handle and transport your waste materials, visit the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality website at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/AgWaste/safety.html.
What Are You Waiting
The dog days of summer are a great time to get organized, so
head out to your chemical storage area and take a look around. Getting rid of your old and unusable products
will protect you from liability and the environment from potential damage.