Ashley County producers and commercial applicators will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection event Thursday, Oct. 31. The event will take place at the John Deere Dealership in Portland.

The pesticide collection is free and is made available through funding from the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 21 and forms are available at the County Extension Office. Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides.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 (LIN-dayn), and toxaphene (TOCKS-uh-feen).

Many old pesticides cannot legally be used or disposed of through usual means, such as landfills. Those with pesticides that fall into this category are asked to plan on bringing them to this 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, ground water, streams, rivers and lakes across the state. To date the pesticide collections have brought in over 790,000 pounds of unwanted materials from seventy-five (75) counties.

Those interested in bringing pesticides to the event may contact Ashley County Farm Bureau office at 870-853-5581 to pre-register. Any identifying information, such as name and address, will be removed from the registration form so that anonymity may be provided.

Contact Kevin Norton at 870-853-2080 for information on safely transporting chemicals to the event location.

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