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Kennett to participate in pesticide collection

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

For all residents who have been wondering how to dispose of any unwanted pesticides, now there is a free program that is open to all Missouri Farmers and residents.

According to Randy Carter, street commissioner, the collection will be held from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Kennett Compost Station which is located at 18464 County Road 508.

Items that are being accepted for the collection are fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, rodenticides, and fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides.

Carter urges residents to bring in any herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers, that are opened or unopened, those that they don't know how to use because the label is gone, ones that could have been stored and that have been frozen at one time or just because the garage is being cleaned out.

"Several years ago, the city assisted with a Household Hazardous Waste pickup where many other items were disposed of like tires, batteries, paints, etc, but it was really not for the farm community where this one is," he said, adding, "This is a really good program. The unfortunate thing for the farmers is that it is in the middle of harvest so it is going to be difficult for them to remember and find time to bring them to the compost on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012."

On hand for the collection will be trained hazardous material personnel from the Department of Natural Resources at the site who will check in the products. Carter noted that this is a program through DNR and the city is providing the location for the collection. Collection services will be processed by the Environmental Quality Company.

"I would really like to see if we can fill more than one tractor trailer truck that day, and if the residents and the farmers both support this I know we can," Carter said.

He added that these unused items are a health and safety hazard not only for the people who live or work at that location, but also for any emergency responder who might come to that location to assist a person or person at this location.

The upcoming pesticide collection is an event that is meant to serve individual households and small or family farmers. Pesticides from businesses, pesticide production facilities, pesticide distributors, pesticide retailers and the like cannot be accepted. This is a program for Missouri residents only.

For more information regarding this program, contact Ricardo Jones at MDNR or call (573) 526-3214. Information may also be learned by visiting DNR.MO.GOV for other collection sites and dates.

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