United Utilities disposes of six tonnes of farmers' chemicals
United Utilities has safely disposed of nearly six tonnes of chemicals during the four years it has been offering farmers in Cheshire and North Wales a free pesticides and poisons amnesty service.
The water firm says that since the scheme was launched in 2016 it has resulted in the removal of some extremely dangerous substances from the environment ensuring they can never be spilled or poured down drains and end up polluting rivers and canals.
United Utilities’ catchment advisor Veronika Moore said: “We have worked with a collection company to allow them to dispose of chemicals stored in containers where the label has become obscured, or ones that have been decanted into other containers.
“Farmers can get rid of that unknown bottle or jar of chemical lurking in the back of their store happy in the knowledge it will be correctly disposed of.
“I would encourage people to carefully and safely check sheds and outbuildings for old stocks of illegal substances. If you are, or think you may be, in possession of illegal pesticides, please contact your local catchment adviser and arrange for disposal so that together we can protect drinking water quality and the environment across our region.”
It is illegal to store or use unapproved or out of date pesticides. However, many farmers have stores of chemicals that they couldn’t use before the pesticide license expired, or went out of date, or have some chemicals where they are unsure what they are anymore. It is difficult and costly for farmers to legally dispose of these chemicals which is why United Utilities offers its free and confidential pesticide and poisons amnesty scheme in the drinking water safeguard zones.
The Environment Agency has designated ten drinking water safeguard zones in and around Cheshire. These zones are drinking water catchments where water quality in rivers, boreholes or groundwater is deteriorating and is becoming harder to treat, due to human activities on the land. Safeguard zones can be used to target measures, advice and incentive schemes for landowners and managers to help improve water quality.
All agricultural and horticultural products are accepted for disposal including unlabelled or unknown products and those with a MAPP, MAFF, PSPS or ACAS registration number.
Some of the illegal chemicals that have been collected and disposed of confidentially and free of charge include: Aldrin; Chlorothalonil; Chlorpyrifos; Chlorsulfuron; Cyanides (Cymag); Demeton-S-methyl; Ioxynil; Isoproturon; Lindane; Linuron; Mecoprop; Propachlor.
- Poo-to-hydrogen project unveiled as Welsh Water works towards carbon neutral An innovative project to convert sewage into a zero-emission fuel has been given the green light - alongside a raft of... Read More >
- New conference will examine water resources A new event from Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) will examine how the sector must build resilience to ensure a secure... Read More >
- Thames Water remains worst performer on leakage Thames Water continues to be "by far the worst performer" on leakage, according to the Public Accounts Committee... Read More >
- Tightening phosphorus levels on ever tightening budgets How can low concentrations be met in practice within the financial constraints in AMP7, Simon Radford looks ahead to where... Read More >
- 'There's a Hole in my Bucket, dear Boris, dear Boris' David McNeice, Director in DWF's Water practice, analyses the Public Accounts Committee's report on the outlook of... Read More >
- Targeting borehole bacteria with a simple test Mike Deed, managing director of Geoquip Water Solutions, says when tackling contamination in boreholes, it is essential to... Read More >
- Electrochlorination: The safer alternative Ian Murphy, capital liaison manager, at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, discusses the electrochlorination project with James... Read More >
- Making smart water smarter As water increasingly becomes one of the world's most precious resources, ATi's new Technical Performance and Data Analyst,... Read More >