The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a pesticide collection event in Perryville next month.
Part of a free program by the DNR, the event collects unwanted pesticides from farmers and homeowners across the state.
Chris Plassmeyer, pesticide collection program coordinator, says a good rule of thumb is if the pesticide has been sitting on the shelf for over a year unused, it’s time to say goodbye.
“Typically, letting it sit there longer is going to reduce the effectiveness of that product if its not stored properly, also it leads to the chance of labels falling off if that container is left sitting there for a very long time, or the possibility of kids or pets possibly getting into contact with that pesticide.”
Many kinds of farm chemicals other than pesticides will be accepted, including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicide. Upon collection, contractors will properly dispose of these chemicals at an incineration facility.
Plassmeyer advises to keep the products in their original containers, keep labels on containers if possible, avoid mixing pesticides, and make sure you have gloves on when handling containers. You should also make sure to store the container in the back of a vehicle for transport, rather than near passengers.
The event will be held at MFA Agri Services in Perryville on June 23 from 8 a.m. - noon.