Welsh Water extends registration time for pesticide disposal scheme
Welsh Water has extended the time period for farmers, growers and land managers to register for its free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme.
Registration for the PestSmart scheme, which allows people to dispose of any unwanted pesticides and herbicides, is now open until Friday, 18 October.
Welsh Water said the scheme is available throughout Wales and not just in its operating area, and is available for a limited time, on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Our routine raw water monitoring programme has detected increasing traces of pesticides in areas we have never seen them before,” said Welsh Water’s managing director of water services, Ian Christie.
“While these levels are too low to pose a risk to those drinking the water, they are enough to risk breaching rigorous drinking water standards so we want to work with farmers, growers and land managers to take action to address this issue together.
“Even the most organised of land managers can find themselves with an out of date or now unlicensed product which can be difficult or expensive to dispose of correctly. To help them, we are launching a free ‘no questions asked’ disposal scheme to safely take away any unwanted pesticides and herbicides,” added Christie.
“We know that pesticides form an essential and everyday role in the agricultural community. However, if stored, used or disposed of incorrectly, they can have a devastating impact on people, water and wildlife. By providing this free and confidential scheme across Wales, we want to work with land managers to reduce the risk of pollution and safeguard raw water quality before it reaches our water treatment works.”
The Welsh environment minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This is a great initiative by Dwr Cymru and I encourage all farmers, growers and land managers to register for the free pesticide disposal scheme. Minimising the impact of pesticides on the environment is an essential part of responding to the ecological crisis, protecting Wales’ watercourses for future generations.”
To register, visit www.dwrcymru.com/disposalscheme or call 01443 452716.
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