Welsh farmers are being offered the chance to dispose of their unwanted pesticides safely and confidentially in a bid to protect water quality.
It is hoped the new scheme, set up by Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales with the backing of the Welsh Government, will reduce increasing – but not unsafe – traces of pesticides in water.
There is no charge to use the service.
Ian Christie, managing director of water services at Welsh Water, said: “Our routine raw water monitoring programme has detected increasing traces of pesticides in areas we have never seen them before.
“While these levels are too low to pose a risk to those drinking the water, they are enough to breach rigorous drinking water standards so we want to work with 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“Even the most organised of land managers can find themselves with an out-of-date or now unlicensed product which can be difficult or expensive to dispose of correctly.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 have decided to launch a free ‘no questions asked’ disposal scheme which will safely take away any unwanted pesticides and herbicides.”
The scheme is available to farmers within the Cefni, Alaw, Upper River Wye, Pendine, Teifi and Towy reservoir catchments.
Visit www.dwrcymru.com/pestsmart or call 01286 832 964. The deadline is 4pm on April 28.
Your details will be passed on to an independent waste contractor who will collect your unwanted pesticides and herbicides.
There is a maximum limit of 30 litres per collection. More will be taken, but at a charge of £2.35 per litre.
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