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TCEQ to Collect Agricultural Waste Pesticides in Fredericksburg
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 • Posted September 22, 2010

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering rural Texans the opportunity to dispose of banned or unwanted pesticides, properly rinsed plastic pesticide containers, used motor oil, oil filters, and lead-acid batteries free of charge, rain or shine.

Thursday, Sept. 30th, Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Drive. Collection hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Agricultural wastes and chemicals we WILL ACCEPT include agricultural supplies, such as plant pesticides, insecticides, harvest chemicals, pesticides used on livestock, herbicides, growth regulators, rat poison, as well as paint, tractor brake and transmission fluids, and up to two 55-gallon drums of oil filters for recycling per participant. Filters and oil will not be accepted from businesses that change oil for a fee.

Agricultural chemicals we will NOT ACCEPT include fertilizers or nutrient materials that are neither hazardous nor contain pesticide admixtures. Also NOT ACCEPTED: tires, explosives, propane/butane compressed-gas cylinders larger than 20 pounds, or wastes from chemical dealers, school chemistry or biology labs, or applicators regulated by the Texas Structural Pest Control Service.

Empty, plastic pesticide containers must be clean and triple- or high-pressure rinsed to be accepted. For large quantities of plastic pesticide containers, please contact USAg Recycling at 1-800-654-3145 to arrange pickup at no cost.

Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collections are co-sponsored by the TCEQ’s Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Program Prairie View A&M University, and USAg Recycling.

For more information about these collections, please contact County Extension Agent Decky Spiller, 830-997-3452, or visit the TCEQ's agricultural waste Web page.

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