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Opportunity to anonymously dispose of pesticides for free

27 Feb 2019
Frontdesk / Arable

This March, farmers across the Midlands can anonymously dispose of unwanted pesticides and farm chemicals via Severn Trent’s Pesticide Amnesty scheme.

Jodie Rettino, Severn Trent catchment and biodiversity lead, explains: “We’re aware that many farm chemical stores contain unwanted products that can be difficult or costly to dispose of, so we hope this service will help farmers while minimising the risk or water contamination.  Up to 75l of pesticides that have either been banned, or have passed their expiry date, can be safely disposed of from a holding, on a first-come first-served basis.”

Farmers can check if they qualify for the scheme by talking to their Severn Trent agricultural advisor or visiting https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/catchment-management/are-you-in-a-priority-catchment-/.

Those in qualifying catchments simply need to contact the Severn Trent disposal partner, Chemclear, between 1 and 31 March 2019, to arrange a suitable collection time after these dates. The contact details are as follows: chemclearltdamnesty@gmail.com or 07436 077304.

When you email or call, you’ll need to have the following information close to hand:

  • Catchment name and code (see table below)
  • Product name
  • Active ingredient and concentration
  • Weight or volume of product in containers
  • Collection address, two contact phone numbers and an email address

Catchment

Code

Avon

01

Cound

02

Cropston

03

Haseley Springs

04

Leam

05

Lower Derwent

06

Melbourne

07

Middle Severn

08

Shropshire Middle Severn

09

Teme

10

Tittesworth

11

Upper Derwent

12

Whitacre

13

Worcestershire Middle Severn

14

Notts BHs (Boughton, Rufford, Bestwood, Amen Corner, Budby)

18

Mitcheldean

19

Jodie stresses that all farms participating in the scheme will have their identity and location protected.

“This initiative gives farmers the chance to review their stores and minimise the chance of pollution to the environment and ultimately water contamination” she says.