Opportunity to dispose of pesticides for free

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.comor 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.

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.