Jefferson County producers and commercial applicators will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides free Thursday, March 12.


The event will be held at Tommy’s Flying Service, 411 Jim Ford Road, at Sherrill, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service.


The pesticide collection is free and is made available through the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund.


Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides. These pesticides may include older products that are more toxic, such as arsenicals, DDT, silvex, heptachlor, dieldrin, lindane and toxaphene.


Many old pesticides cannot legally be used or disposed of through usual means, such as landfills. If participants have pesticides that fall into this category, they should plan bring those items to the event.


“The purpose of this collection is to promote a safer and cleaner environment by reducing the amount of pesticides that could potentially contaminate the drinking water, groundwater, streams, rivers and lakes across the state,” according to the news release. “To date, the pesticide collections have brought in over 790,000 pounds of unwanted materials from 75 counties.”


Those interested in bringing pesticides to the event should contact the Jefferson County Farm Bureau office at 870-535-7740 to pre-register. Any identifying information, such as name and address, will be removed from the registration form so that anonymity may be provided.


For information on safely transporting the chemicals to the event location, contact a Jefferson County Extension agent at 870-534-1033.


Details: Kurt Beaty, Jefferson County Extension agent, at kbeaty@uaex.edu or 870-534-1033.