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Cleaning out chemicals? Take them to DNR’s pesticide collection events

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. Accepted materials include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, dewormers, fly tags and fertilizer-containing pesticides.

Since 2012, the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program has conducted 72 events and collected more than 925,000 pounds of waste pesticide from nearly 2,300 participants.

In 2024, four collection events are scheduled from March through October. All events run from 8 a.m. until noon.
• March 9 — Portageville, Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center, 147 State Hwy. T
• April 6 — Montgomery City, MFA Agri Services,
226 N. Walker St.
• Sept. 7 — Mount Vernon, Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center, 14548 State Road H
• Oct. 5 — Carrollton, parking lot across from MFA Oil,
901 S. Main St.

Keep all pesticides in original containers and identify those not in original containers or with missing labels. Do not mix with other materials, and make sure lids are tightly sealed. If the container is leaking, place it in a larger container with a nonflammable absorbent. Secure pesticides upright in a cardboard box and transport in the back of a truck, trailer or car trunk. Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and heat. A contractor will unload the pesticides for you at the collection event.

For more information, call 573-751-0616 or visit online at dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/pesticide.

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