Do you have old, unwanted or leftover pesticides taking up room in your barn, shed, garage or home? Disposing of them is more complicated than you think. Throwing away pesticides or pouring them down the drain can be detrimental to the environment, septic systems and the water supply.
That’s why MFA is participating in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Pesticide Collection Program, which provides free events for farmers and households throughout the state to properly dispose of waste pesticides. At these events, approved hazardous waste contractors will take agriculture or household chemicals and send them to a permitted incineration facility.
From 2012 to 2017, the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program conducted 38 events, collecting more than 337,500 pounds of waste pesticide from 1,148 participants. In 2018, the department will again collect herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, dewormers, fly tags and fertilizer containing pesticides from Missouri residents at these locations, which include two MFA Agri Services Centers. All events run from 8 a.m. until noon.
- May 19 — Palmyra Recycling Center, 810 W. Line St., Palmyra
- June 23 — MFA Agri Services, 3501 US 61, Perryville
- July 21 — Vernon County Fairgrounds, 1488 E. Ashland St., Nevada
- Sept. 8 — MFA Agri Services, 1009 Fourth St., Jefferson City
Keep all pesticides in original containers and identify those not in original containers or with missing labels. Do not mix the pesticides with other materials, like used motor oil or antifreeze. Make sure lids are tightly sealed. If the container is leaking, place it in a larger container with a nonflammable absorbent, such as clay-based cat box filler. Secure waste pesticides upright in a cardboard box and transport in the back of a pickup truck, trailer or car trunk. Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.
A hazardous waste contractor will unload the waste pesticides from your vehicle at the collection event. Non-pesticide waste brought to the event will be rejected and sent back with the participant.
For more information, go to dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/pesticide/ or call 573-751-3176.