News Release 020

Department of Natural Resources hosting pesticide pickup in Mexico

Volume 39-020 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host an event March 23 in the Audrain County town of Mexico to help Missouri residents safely dispose of pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, rodenticides, de-wormers, fly tags and fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides.

The event, part of the Missouri Pesticide Collection Program, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sydenstrickers located at 4803 S. Clark St. in Mexico. It is open to all residents of Missouri. The next event will be held April 6 in Nodaway County in northwest 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 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. The department has hired an independent contractor to conduct the collection events under the supervision of the department.

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