News Release 015

Department of Natural Resources hosting pesticide pickup in West Plains

Volume 39-015 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host an event March 9 in the Howell County town of West Plains 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, 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 City of West Plains Recycling Center, 1853 Goodhard Drive, in West Plains. It is open to all residents of Missouri. The next event will be held March 23 in Audrain County in northeast Missouri. Event details will be announced as they become available.

This is the second year of the Missouri Pesticide Roundup Program. Between June and October 2012, nine events were held around the state, collecting more than 68,460 pounds of pesticide waste.

More information on the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program is available online The program is funded through a hazardous waste enforcement settlement that resulted in more than $1 million being set aside for the effort. The department has hired an independent contractor to conduct the collection events under the supervision of the department.