Missouri DNR Hosting Pesticide Pickup in Benton


The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host an event June 23 in the Scott County town of Benton aimed at helping southeast Missouri residents rid their homes and farms of unwanted pesticides and related chemicals.

The event, part of the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program, is one of several scheduled throughout the summer that will allow Missouri households and farmers to safely and legally dispose of pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, rodenticides, de-wormers, fly tags and fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scott County Maintenance Shed, 497 Charleston St., Benton. It is open to all residents of Missouri. The next event will be held July 7 in Buchanan County in northeast Missouri. Event details will be announced as they become available. The Benton collection is the second of nine such scheduled events that began June 9 in Neosho and will continue as long as funding remains.

More information on the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program is available online http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/pesticide/. The program is funded through a hazardous waste enforcement settlement that resulted in more than $1 million being set aside for the effort. An independent contractor, The Environmental Quality Company, of Wayne, Mich., will conduct the collection events under the supervision of the Department of Natural Resources.

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